Sprucing up the backyard part one 5/6/17

My unruly backyard was getting on my last nerve.  What happens to things that get on my last nerve?
They have to go away!!

I started at daylight and it took me about three hours.  Since it was so early, I worked slowly to not make too much noise to wake my neighbors.  I'm a morning person.  It would be nice to live in the country somewhere, where I could work to my heart's content as early as I want.

I tried to pull up the weeds, but there was just too much and some of them were new baby trees with long roots.  I removed the stepping stones.  Shit, they are heavy!  Or maybe it's because I haven't moved them in many years and I was much younger then.  I probably should take a few aspirins before going to sleep tonight, so that I won't be so sore in the morning.

Even though the Maple tree has been cut down a lot, it still has enough branches to produce an amazing amount of helicopter seeds (samaras) that get into everything and then grow like crazy.  I had a hard time raking and sweeping them up.  I'm sure I missed a bunch.


The roots of the Maple tree have pushed up the stepping stones.   The stones were getting so wiggly that I was afraid that one of these days one of us was going to trip and fall.


Finished removing and digging up the weeds and baby trees.  I swept out the helicopters as well as I could.




I uncovered the larger roots.




Much better.  Then I hosed down the roots to show the little rocks.  I'm going to dig those up as well as I can before I start sawing the roots.  With my luck, I would get popped on the head with a rock while using the electric saw.



It's getting darker and it looks like it's going to rain again.  I might have to wait until later this afternoon or tomorrow before I use this little saw to cut the roots.  It's only 3.4 amps, but it is pretty light.  I wasn't sure I could handle one of the heavier one.





I guess that's it for now.  It's raining!  Crap!   I wanted to go to Smitty's to get some ribs today.  I wonder if they are cooking even though it's raining.


No ribs today.  They'll be cooking again next weekend. :(

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I was born in Jever, Germany.  My parents immigrated to the United States in 1968.  I became a United States citizen in 2005.
 
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