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Spring Clean Up – Pruning Trees

Our yard is a lot. A lot of work. We have been here for 4 years and every year we try to get a handle on everything that really needs to be done, but when I am pregnant for 2 of those years, and then have little ones running around, plus time, money and learning to do everything ourselves, it’s hard.

I would love to wave a magic wand and have the yard of my dreams but come on. Reality.

I would also love to just hire one company to come in and take down trees, grind stumps, landscape, re-plant the grass, fix the rock wall..the list could go on. But we don’t have endless funds and what kind of DIY’er would I be? I need to learn and find the time to do it since this is our forever home.

So this year we have a list! Every time we cross something off the list I will let you guys know! Plus you can hold me accountable..right?

Since the weather is getting warmer, grass is getting greener it’s time to start our Spring clean up. First we are starting with the trees.

Take a look at our yard forest. We have a ton of trees, not only in the yard but we are surrounded by them and they are TALL and they are damaged and they are blocking a lot important light to the property.

Every year when the weather gets warmer, I want to take the kids outside and every time I hear my husband say, don’t go under the trees.

Well, there is not much space to play without trees… My husband is all about safety, which is great. He sees the branches that were damaged by the winter and wind and has those limbs coming crashing down on us playing in his head every time we step outside.

He works really hard and he really wants to have the time to do “yard things” but sometimes if I want it done, I take matters into my own hands. Which I love. I like doing things with my hands and seeing the accomplishments.

In the past when we prune trees we have just use a standard pole saw and it’s exhausting with all of these trees! We end up taking turns because our arms would be so sore from sawing off all of those limbs!

This year Stihl has generously hooked me up with their gas powered pole pruner and I’m never looking back.

After I geared up, which of course makes my safety first husband very happy but also keeps me safe, I wanted to start along our driveway.

tree pruning

We play a lot in the driveway, riding bikes, sending trucks down the hill, playing basketball so it was easy place to start.

I then headed to the backyard, a favorite place for Henry to play baseball and soccer. There is a dead tree right in the corner that will be taken down this year, but until then, I was happy to remove the dead and damaged limbs hanging over our yard!

We have more trees that need to be pruned but they are just too tall. We also have some that need to be taken down. We have been saying it every year it just hasn’t happened but I happy to report the tree company is scheduled and I’m a happy Momma that I will be getting to enjoy our whole yard this year!

Here’s a list of our yard chores this year we would like to complete:

  • Make tick tubes – See my post on how to make them
  • Fix the rock wall
  • Clear out and plant grass seed on the side of the driveway
  • Seal the driveway
  • Power wash the siding
  • Add a swing set and landscape around
  • Remove the flag pole and bushes around it
  • Prune trees
  • Cut down trees

I’ll be sharing our yard progression all season as well as doing Facebook lives to show our progress. Follow along on Facebook!

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Thursday 11th of May 2017

I totally understand the frustration with trying to get big yardwork projects done, but feeling pregnant and helpless sometimes! I realizing that this whole yard project thing is something that is going to take years and years to do everything we want!

Rachael @ This is our Bliss

Thursday 4th of May 2017

Good luck with all of your yard projects! I'm sure it will feel so good when you continue to tackle this list!!


Wednesday 3rd of May 2017

I need one of these pruners! When we first moved into my house I planted tiny trees that turned out to be hybrid (lol). They are taking over my yard and my husband hates them!

Diane T

Wednesday 3rd of May 2017

Can I tell you that my list is exactly like your list!!! I do have to ask, though tick tubes are not on my list, what are they?


Wednesday 3rd of May 2017

They are basically toilet paper tubes, stuffed with cotton balls/dryer lint sprayed with a special insecticide that kills ticks. Since most ticks are spread by mice and little rodents they take these to make their nests with and kills the ticks not the mice. Mice can have over 100 ticks on them at once! I'll be doing a post and Facebook live on them!

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