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Last year we decided to renovate our lawn and it stayed brown from the end of May until early fall when the grass was replanted. My mission was to kill the evil Bermuda, aka Wire Grass. Our house is on a corner and many, many walkers pass by each day. This is what they had to look at last year.
What a difference a year makes. The grass is now green, thick and oh-so-pretty. When I’m working in the yard, it never fails, cars will stop to give me a compliment and so will walkers. That makes me so happy. I love that our neighbors enjoy our yard as much as I do.
The grass is pretty but it works me hard. It used to take a little over an hour to mow our grass but lately it takes over two hours. The difference is that the grass is so lush and green that it frequently clogs my mower. So much grass is blown from the mower into the driveway that I literally have to rake the driveway before I can blow the excess grass away. The extra work is worth it to have this green grass to enjoy.
This weekend we spread a little over 15 yards of mulch on our beds. I wish we’d ordered more because it wasn’t enough. The good thing is we spread every bit that we ordered and it’s not blocking our parking area for weeks on end like it does in a normal year. Beds look so much better with a fresh layer of mulch.
When I mowed Sunday evening I discovered that my neighbor cut back his half of our Forsythia border. I think technically the border is mine, so I’m going to take the bull by the horns and give this shrub row a good renovation. Next weekend I am planning to cut every Forsythia fairly close to the ground. These shrubs are overgrown and I believe a hard pruning will rejuvenate them. I’m going to consult with my garden-guru former running buddy to make sure, but I think my plan will work. Can you see in the picture below that my neighbor’s half is cut off and my half isn’t? On my side the branches are long and drape to the ground. (I stood in his yard to take this picture.)
In other garden news, my Peonies are beginning to bloom. I really don’t think there is a prettier flower than a Peony.
Saturday I posted what I planned to accomplish this weekend. The tennis match was successfully played, the mulch was spread, and the dryer problem was diagnosed and a part ordered. I’m hoping to be able to dry clothes by next weekend. Luckily, most of my weekend laundry was athletic wear and it could all be line dried. When the dryer is finally fixed, I’m probably going to give it a good laundry work out.
The dock didn’t get stained, and no cleaning was accomplished, but that’s ok, there’s always next weekend.
Have a good week! I’m on the countdown until the last day of school. 17 more days and I’m free to decorate and craft to my heart’s content. I have missed having creative time and I can’t wait to have time to make something.