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A quick pose drop before the Dad and Mom got to work! That’s Grandpa right there, smiling with a bit of caution in his eyes. I’m sure he was wondering what the heck his kids were going to do to his front yard, he just had to trust in our vision. The boys love a good day at G & G’s house (Grandpa + GiGi’s) It always includes suprises, and a car ride with Grandpa to get icecream regardless of the weather.
The kids were pumped to get there and see the tools being unlaoded. Don’t worry, the boys were just watching from afar while Mom and Dad got down and dirty. Wait, that doesn’t sound right. HA.
When I told my parents they were going to get the front of their house fixed up they were ecstatic. I felt funny imposing on them, but every time I pulled into their driveway I saw SO much potential. They have an awesome mid-century ranch that is completely hidden behind mounds and mounds of messy bushes.
The hydrangea have been struggling the past few years, not producing nearly as big of blooms as they had in the past. If you know me, you know I get weak in the knees for hydrangea – but saying goodbye to these fellas was far easier than I anticipated.
Poppin’ roots like a boss
We turned to our Ryobi Chainsaw to breakdown the hydrangea. Over the years, they multiplied. Causing one bush to turn into 3 or 4 clusters, and piles upon piles of branches and roots to dig through. The chainsaw tore through as smooth as butter. And as you all know, I am a safety freak and felt 100% in control with this tool. I was hooked and wanted to take everything down around me – and I did.
This dreadful dou of burning bushes just looked like two giant teeth sticking out from the ground. While they were “perfectly centered” they were everything but perfect. Covering up the window, and the brick of the house to a degree of unflattering proportions.
Can you see my sweet momma checking out what were taking down? AH. I felt guilty at how much fun I was having while we stripped their house naked.
We cannot stress enough that when using outdoor tools that you guys are properly dressed and covered. Long sleeves, pants, closed toe shoes, goggles and gloves. Just look at Dan the man, the latest Ryobi model. His calendar spread will launch in 2017 🙂
We let Brody take a dig at an extremely stubborn root.
Of course with all of his safety gear on. He did not take those goggles off the entire time he watched us! This root was left from a bush my parents ripped out a year ago. It took us about an hour to get it out. Whew. LOTS of work that one was and embarrassingly enough I am sore today.
Once everything that we wanted out was out, it was time to cultivate the land. This cultivator was on point. I had so much fun tearing through the ground and breaking down all of the left over roots we did not get the first time around.
Clean up proved to be so rewarding. Wiping the sweat off of your brow only to turn around to a house that within a matter of hours was completely, and I mean, completely transformed.
Can you even believe it?!
This blank(er) state has me just slap happy to finish this project!
What we have to do still:
Re-shape the beds. Pick out new plants/shrubs. Paint the front door. DIY address plank. Freshen up the front porch. I will try to hold myself back as much as possible. In all seriousness, my parents taste is super important to me, so their opinion on what goes in and what goes where is taken to heart with every step. After all, they live here.
You guys will not believe the results, I can feel it in my soul. THIS, is gonna be a good one folks!