The first thing on our list was to use the grass trimmer around the paver edging and the patios. Husband bought me a ryobi 18V lithium battery operated trimmer which I like BUT the battery does not give me enough power so I have the option to also plug it into the electric outlet and this is what I do for the tough jobs. So I worked on trimming and edging around the gardens and husband trimmed the over growth branches on the trees and also trimmed the flowering shrubs after they bloomed.
Many dead branches were removed. The Earthwise chainsaw on the pole came in handy when husband had to go on the roof to cut back the mimosa branches that were growing too close to the house..
I enjoyed working in the yard today with my husband because we got a lot of work accomplished. At dusk after we put away all of the yard and garden tools we sat on the patio and drank a cold beer. Looking out at the yard, know that it is starting to look manicured.
Here are a few photographs of my yard and gardens: