The Backyard Clean-Up
I’ve been spending a lot of time in my backyard lately, and a bit in the front. This is what I’ve accomplished so far:
- manually removed wild violets and other weeds from half the lawn
- turned, tilled, raked the soil, amended it with gardening soil
- plotted out where the veggie patches will end up
- aerated and mowed the remaining grass in the backyard
- mowed the grass in the front yard
- cleaned up the front garden and weeded a little
- seeded lawn with an eco-friendly type of grass (needs little watering)
- overseeded the remaining lawn with same grass
- more weeding! /argh
- cleaned up a couple more gardening patches
The garden is still a big mess. But slowly and surely, I’ll work on the stuff that needs to be worked on. I have yet to decided what will be going in the veggie patches, other than my tomatoes. And I also need to decide what I’m going to grow in the other patches I’ve cleaned up. Other than weeds, that is. I have to spend the next few weeks making sure the new lawn is watered and keep weeds away from it. If I don’t then all the work I’ve done up until this point will have been wasted.
I’m not really keen on doing any of this. It’s more like work to me, stuff I have to do for the house. Though having a decent back yard would be nice, I only do this because I’m not living in a condo, cannot afford a landscaper and gardener, and pouring concrete over it all will bring down the property value of not only my house, but my neighbour’s as well. However, I do get a sense of happiness when I see nice things growing back there. For example, my ferns and hostas have come back, just when I thought that they were beyond hope.