Wednesday, June 22, 2011

In the name of Love!

A wonderful day at Tysons Central Long & Foster...Our team (residential and commercial) came together on our annual Community Service Day and transformed the yard for a very special group of young ladies!

Gege is the director at this home for young ladies aspiring to graduate from high school and do good things in the world thereafter. She has to prioritize her time so yard work somehow doesn't fit into the picture most days. We came to the rescue with energy and enthusiasm!

We are so Proud of the young ladies and their hard work in school and we had a great time making "their outdoor spaces" shine.

If you can picture the yard "before", as in not having been weeded and mulched and trimmed in at least two years time:

We started out with an endless array of tools and machinery and gloves, compliments of all the wonderful folks at Tyson Central:

Trucks filled with plantings (Merrifield Garden Center) and mulch thanks to Kathleen and Dylan:

Bring it on! we started out slowly.... pulling weeds with our hands and digging out rooted dandelions with shovels:

to removing many larger specimens with clipper and chainsaws....

There's Chuck behind the bushes with that wild chainsaw--all our lives were in danger at one point!

Hopefully, these bushes will grow back:)

Osman was brave enough to assist in the backyard tree removal detail:

Didn't take long for that dumpster to fill up! Thanks to MBH (Don Tomlinson) for providing it!!

The backyard slowly went from wild jungle to neat mulched beds....

Guy and Donna put their special touches in the corner, relocating divided hosta, and as I caught them in the act:

they decided to get cute and pose for the camera!

There was time around 1 pm for a beer and pizza break:

thanks to RGS for the music & coolers of water and soda and Sam (with Propsperity Mortgage) for the (shhh..Yuengling beer) & pizza :

Keisha, a resident, helped out with the water hose so the plants wouldn't wilt in the heat:

Gary, Dylan and ....directed the mulching operations:

Mike did a great job cleaning up debris and fine dust from the walkway and driveway:

Awesome...deweeded and mulched and planted with flowers....and thanks to Marlene, Tom and a few others the overgrown hosta were divided and shifted to other areas of the yard as needed:

While most activity was focused on the outside, Betsy and her daughter, Allie concentrated on reorganizing the living space in the lower level of the home:

A great time was had by all and we are still busy collecting items for the home. A local lawn company, Merlos Lawn Care (703-281-8084), has volunteered to care for the lawn until October!

A special thanks to Brian Hipwell for donating the DVD player and Able Moving and Storage for the wood for the picnic table.

Thanks to all of you for your time and talents that made this day a successful Community Service Day!

If you'd like to make the most of your real estate experience call the Tyson Central Office @ 703-556-8600. We are here to earn your trust and we care about our community!

Carla Brooks

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