A blog about a first-time house owner learning to maintain his backyard, and thoughts about nature, science, history, and life.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Yard Work Plans, 10/20

Sometimes there are things that you just have to do, whether you like it or not.  This weekend, raking the leaves and clearing the lawn is one of those things.  I'm not terribly fond of raking.  Using a rake is kind of awkward, and, to me, it's really tedious.  At least with mowing the lawn, you're moving around all the time.  But rake I must, so rake I will.

One of my questions was where to put the leaves.  I don't want to bag them all and take them to the county recycling center....that would be lots of bags and several trips with my car.  I had some daylight yesterday to walk around the property and survey for areas to pile the leaves to compost.  There are plenty of places to scatter the leaves - on the slope next to the creek, in amongst the wildflowers, under the trees and next to the piles of branches.  But I think my big leaf storage/compost area will behind the shed.  This is an area that is covered mostly with dirt, not with rocks, cinder blocks, or bricks.  I have no other use for this area, so this is as good a solution as any.

Besides raking, I hope to get into the garden a little bit to bag my pile of pulled thorny plants and to clear away some more weeds.  The thorny plants in the wildflower patches are a bit more exposed and easier to get to now that most of the wildflowers have died for the season, so I may try to pull some of them out as well.  And away from my property, I'm hoping to get to a local nursery to check it out before it closes for the season at the end of the month.  Looks like it will be a busy weekend, and I'll post and update about how things are progressing tomorrow.

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