We don't have a mower, or tractor, or anything like that. But we do have a weedwhacker. I tried a cordless trimmer and it had absolutely no power - the battery was dead in 30 minutes. So we got the most powerful corded trimmer available, about $70. This works phenomenally well, though of course you've got to drag the cord around. We've got 300 feet of 12 gauge extension cord. Cordless just never has the power of AC, unless you spend four times as much.
I start with clearing our high-use areas, around the garden first. Here's a few photos of it finished:
You can see the persimmon has put out several big leaves, and the perennial thyme is doing very well. These plants started out in a little tray of six.
Here's the fireplace and pool area:
Rachael gave it a shot for a while:
I then started clearing the hillside, working behind the barn and to the west of it. Here's a pic:
It was interesting to have so much lawn. I missed the lush fields of clover, though of course they'd be back in seconds. There was suddenly so much space we could actually walk across and use.
I continued to work west, clearing towards the gazebo:
I came across several mantids, working the high grass, and brought them down to the garden. Here's one on Brooke's wrist:
Here's the area around the gazebo cleared, a big job:
One time two full grown doe came down early in the morning to graze.
I think if we had Mishka here we probably wouldn't have had so many forest visitors. He would have chased them out.