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

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Greening Up!

It's been a while since I've posted, but the yard has been busy with growth over the last five weeks or so.  I've mowed the lawn once, and it's due for another mowing...tomorrow, if the weather allows.  The more natural areas of the yard have quickly sprouted up in the past couple of weeks, as you can see above and below.

Last month, I took some time to clear out some of the many raspberry plants here in the back of the yard, and it's a good thing, because now this patch is pretty densely packed with plant life.

You can see the raspberry canes that I've pulled up to the left in the photo above.

I've also cleared out a lot of the downed branches from this area, but there's still a big fallen tree there in the middle that I need to cut apart with a saw.

Many of the plants that have grown in this part of the yard are ferns.

Looking back across this same area from the opposite side, it doesn't look quite as dense...but the denser vegetation is there, toward the background.

Here's a look at that denser area of vegetation.  I think there's plenty of food here for the groundhog.

Along the side of the yard, the thorny plants have greened up as well.  I took some time to trim them back a bit before the leaves grew in, and I'm glad that I did.

This looks like a comfortable thicket for little critters to hide in.

But in the long run, I'm considering removing the thorny plants in favor of something that won't grow so aggressively.

In the center of the picture above is a big, overgrown thorny plant that I'm planning to take out or at least trim back.  It's actually several plants grown over the same area.

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