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  1. December 16, 2014
    Heather @ new house new home

    Hi Tara
    Your mystery plant is probably a wisteria from the looks of the leaves on the ground and the huge trunks. Don’t despair – it will be worth it in the spring when it blooms!! I’m so jealous that you have a wisteria – as a gardener, it’s one of the plants I covet.

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    • December 16, 2014
      Tara

      Heather – we do have a wisteria with the big trunk. But can you see the plant in the picture above? The huge round thingy?

      Do you know what that is?

      (That’s my Jabba the Hutt. It’s HUGE.)

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  2. December 16, 2014
    Vanessa@Decor Happy

    Those are a lot of leaves and even though you say your yard isn’t huge, it looks pretty big to me. So cute that your daughter helped out and I have no idea what that plant/shrub thing is – it looks familiar though.

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    • December 16, 2014
      Tara

      It’s a decent sized backyard… big enough for us to run around and for a few veggie beds in the Spring. We came from a bigger lot, so maybe that’s why it seems smaller to me.

      It is really lovely that Lila wants to help – she’s so eager to learn. I have to train her while she’s young! 😉

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  3. December 16, 2014
    Heather @ new house new home

    Tara – sorry I thought you meant the wisteria. Okay, Jabba looks like a kerria japonica to me….I see little yellow flowers on it. Does it have greenish/yellow wood? If it’s a japonica, you can cut it right down and it will regrow. Hopefully I’ve answered your question. 🙂

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    • December 16, 2014
      Tara

      Hi Heather – sorry about that! I’m going to edit the post so it’s more obvious. Okay…. a kerria japonica. I’ll look at the wood in the light tomorrow – and if it is… I’m hacking that thing right down.

      Is that a normal size for it? I feel like it’s the size of a small car. 😛

      You’re quite the resource to have, lady! I need to send you pictures of a bunch of plants in the back yard! 🙂 Thank you SO much!

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  4. December 16, 2014
    Meredith

    Tara, we had the same thing happen to us this year. We finally got around to raking and boom, the next day, snowstorm! Our blower blew up last month tho. Apparently it was named appropriately 😉

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    • December 16, 2014
      Tara

      I’m glad we got the lion’s share of the work done before the snow, but it’s so funny that it happens (snow is few and far between here). Thankfully, the snow leaves… and we can pick up where we left off.

      Love that blower pun! Snow blower or leaf blower? I happen to know who makes a decent leaf blower ’round these parts! 😉

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  5. December 16, 2014
    Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.

    THEY MAKE lawn cordless tools too? Mind is blown, that’s so awesome! When we moved from Military housing to our own home, it was basically postage size lawn to football field sized lawn. Our property had 25 mature maples. The first year we had to take 3 days off of work to get all the leaves picked up… what a huge learning curve. Now, we mulch the daylights out of all of the leaves, with the mower. That’s really good for the grass and, seeing as our new place has countless amounts of trees it works here too. But for all of the little spaces, Ryobi’s outdoor line seems just perfect!

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    • December 16, 2014
      Tara

      Oh Laurie, I feel the same way. Aside from lugging a huge gas model around with you (which isn’t always appropriate, given the size of our yard), this is the cord-free way to get your yard beautified.

      The hedge trimmer was a godsend for us. Otherwise I would have been snipping away at that ivy forever.

      I’ve heard about mulching leaves on the grass! We picked up most of the leaves and will mulch just the last little bit of them (the irritating ones that I don’t feel like picking up). I couldn’t believe how many leaves came from our trees – it was nutty.

      Thankfully, Lila had a grand ol’ time with the leaf blower. That gal’s got a new job!

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  6. December 17, 2014
    Marilyn

    WOW, those Ryobi tools sure helped out with all the garden clean up! We have a HUGE maple tree in our back yard that is a jerk in the fall too! I think Ryobi may be my yard superhero!

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  7. December 17, 2014
    Lindi

    Wow!! What a transformation!!! That is a crazy difference! I can’t let me husband see this post or he will want those cordless tools too, lol. Where do you blog from? I’m living in Grande Prairie, AB and blogging (newly) from there. Love meeting other Canadians 🙂

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  8. December 18, 2014
    Kadie

    Oh the leaves! I feel ya, we have so many leaves right now it isn’t even funny. A CORDLESS leaf blower would be fantastic to have!

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  9. December 18, 2014
    Melanie

    Those tools look cool! We’ve still had so many warm days that I haven’t winterized by back patio yet. Oops! I need to get on that!

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  10. December 18, 2014
    Shauna

    That was good timing! Oh, how you’re going to have fun this spring making it beautiful. Looks like a great back yard space!

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  11. December 19, 2014
    amy @ one artsy mama

    Wow, girl, you have been doing SO much to your house, both inside and out! Kudos to you!

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