Yard cleanup, especially path & pavement weeding
The outside of my bf's house has become a jungle and neither of us can find the time to sort it out without going mad with all there is to do inside and managing healthy stress levels by taking breaks. He has family coming next Friday and and I know it bothers him. I'd love to surprise him by getting someone else to tidy it all up.
It is a surprise for my bf, but it isn't a secret. By this I mean I haven't told him I've posted this ad, but if he sees you it's no big woop, so you don't have to sneak around or antyhing. I have no poker face and am no good at lying (and steer away from it as a policy anyway) so if he finds out I'm not going to try to hide it, I just don't plan to mention it to him intentionally if I can help it, so that it doesn't become one extra thing for him to stress about.
I'll add some pics if you promise not to judge. The most gruelling job that is a must if I were to pay someone is to get the weeds between the bricks and driveway gone from the front and back of the house. I know path weeder spray is sometimes an option but it requires a dry day to pull it off and then several consecutive dry days to let the weeds die, and with this tempermental rain pattern lately there isn't the time to be sure it will end up actually being cleared by Friday.
The jobs I need done as part of this task are as follows:
1.) Remove weeds and overgrown grass.
Remove the weeds and unwanted grass from between cement and paver and from edges, as efficiently as possible so that driveway and paving at back and front of property are clear of them, pulling the small easy ones out by the roots and elsewhere digging out as much as will come out from between the cracks so that it looks nice even if there is still some hidden root remaining underneath (and then he or I can spray the roots another time soon.) This cleared look can be achieved by scraping between the bricks with a small paring knife and pulling what will come up with a gardening-gloved hands. (If you have another method that's just as effective I'm open to that too but I don't want big knobs of root sticking out.)
Areas in need of attention that are inaccessible can be made accessable on request as you are ready to approach them, ie, moving my car or backyard furniture/debris out of the way. Please do not move these yourself without prior permission as there is a method to the madness.
Greenwaste such as weeds and grass can be placed in the lime green topped wheelie bin at the front of the property.
3.) Clearing garden beds of weeds, leaves, debris and grass. Any debris that are not greenwaste can be placed in the red topped wheelie bin at the front of the property, or in the yellow topped bin if they are recyclable. Please take care with this as responsible waste is important to us.
3.) Sweeping driveways and paved areas and clearing any resulting piles of dirt and sand. These can be placed in the triangular garden bed in the back yard that is supposed to be empty but is full of weeds and grass, (so you'll want to do the job of clearing those first.)
4.) Cutting away the poorly loved vine that I once tried to grow in the backyard. Leave the base intact as it is extremely resilliant and will grow back. Also remove the two old security grills (which I tried to use as vine guides but they blew over in a storm) by cutting away the dead vines still wrapped around it and clearing the grills of remaining plant matter. Please keep the grills intact as I will later try a sturdier method of installation to use them as vine guides again.
4.) Mowing and edging back lawn. Ignore any weeds in the lawn as these can be tackled later with some weed and feed. Also ignore the front "lawn" as isn't too bad and a neighbour tends to get overexcited and mow it for us anyway.
5.) Sprinkle weed and feed onto both front and back lawns. I will provide this myself by ducking out to bunnings when I know you're coming. This particular job will need to be co-ordinated with whatever instructions come with the fertiliser regarding rain etc.
I have listed these jobs in order of importance and am open to a proposal of a partial version of this task if you would like to list which items would like to offer to do.
Hopefull I can figure out how to post the pictures I have organised which will give you an idea of how much there is to do. Arrows in pics point to areas to be cleared, not to individual weeds etc.
I can provide some equipment such as a wheel barrow, gardening gloves and a lawnmower (you will have to know how to take care of it yourself as I am unable to provide instruction) an outdoor broom and a dustpan and shovel, but you will need to provide anything else needed to complete these tasks.
I am also open to this job being worked on while we are not home where practical if we find that our availabilities do not match, as I do have a lot of errands to get on with and am also considering some much needed relaxtion outings to centre my sanity!