Yard Work, Good Man Style

Here are some remaining photos from last week’s yard work.

Maple Tulip Poplar on Sunday 10/14/2012
(Thanks, Jonathan!)

Mess of Greenbrier

Thorns, Thorns, Thorns!

Hidden in the Ivy


We did some more work today. You can see the maple tulip poplar behind Good Man. The whole thing went yellow in six days.

Good Man Prepares to do Work

I got most of the ivy off of the fence…in some sections. I talked to the neighbor, who said three years ago he got all of the ivy off of his side, but nobody on our side ever ripped it off. Now that we both know we’re trying to get rid of it, maybe we’ll have a fighting chance. I’m going to just keep chipping away at it.

(In this picture, at the base of the tree, you can also see some flat stones. I’ll probably use those for landscaping, as well as the concrete, bricks, and big rocks I’m finding under all of the ivy.)

Almost Free

The greenbrier was nearly waist-high. The tube of thorny vines was several feet long (about eight). I started stepping on it to flatten it out a bit. Good Man had a better idea. He put cardboard on it, then crushed the greenbrier. Fold the greenbrier over and repeat…

Good Man vs Greenbrier

Jump! Jump!


Finally, I was able to carry the vines, in a much smaller mess, out to the curb for trash pickup.

Easy to Carry

Good Man also used the string trimmer to whack back a bunch of low branches. We left those on the ground. We’ll deal with them another day.


Good Man claims to hate yard work, but I think he’s lying!

4 thoughts on “Yard Work, Good Man Style

  1. Amanda, that first picture is not a maple tree. It is a tulip poplar (a maple leaf looks more star shaped e.g. Canadian flag).

    I’m a bit jealous — I miss doing yard work in the autumn, that tannin smell in the air, and being outside (laboring) in that pretty angle of sunlight. Autumn in Korea is also nice, but apartment living obviously leaves me no yard to rake.

    Oh and for the ivy removal project, you may want to dig out around the base of the fence. Ivy can be quite tenacious and if you leave the roots, it’ll just keep coming back…

    • Hey, you’re right! I actually know what a maple looks like. I just assumed it was one since this street is full of them, and since our yard had a lot of them, all weed trees. I didn’t even pay attention. Whoops. I should have used LeafSnap to identify it. (Do you know the app? It’s pretty cool, and it’s free: http://leafsnap.com/ .)

      Autumn in Korea is lovely, but the lack of yards…it’s a change. I don’t think Good Man really knew what he was getting himself into. He said he thought I would do all of it since I like gardening. I told him when we get the gardens in, it will be mostly mine, but we have to get rid of the weed trees, the ivy, etc first.

      We’re trying really hard to get as much of the roots out as possible. It’s hard to do with all of the fences, but we’re doing the best we can. I figure it’s easiest to work on it bit by bit and to just stay on top of it. Everything I’ve read says the first year is the worst, but after that maintenance isn’t tooooo terrible.

      I’m glad I’m staying on top of it, though. I found some climbing the house (oh, heck no!), and I also realized that the sealant stuff around the basement windows is deeply weathered and needs to be repaired or replaced.

      Today I pulled out 15 foot of one root, and the part wrapped around a (mostly dead) tree was the size of my wrist. Jeez. At least it’s not kudzu!!

  2. Oooh, speaking of weeding (and this isn’t really appropriate for weed trees, but it’s still cool), there’s something called a flame weeder, which is basically like a propane powered torch on a stick that you can use to organically kill weeds — you just scorch the weed with the flame for a few seconds, and that will wilt/burn it sans chemicals or stooping. I’d imagine this would be really good for stuff growing up through cracks in the sidewalk and such.
    Also, c’mon, it’s like a flamethrower! Doing anything with fire is obviously cooler than any other method.

    • Good Man threatened to set it all on fire, actually. And we did see the flame weed killer thing (it had “Dragon” in the title) at Ace Hardware yesterday. Unfortunately, I think using it on the ivy really would make everything catch on fire!

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