photo courtesy of: maggie and her camera
The third week of my grand undertaking
started out with the decision to broaden my Two a Day parameters from working only in the back yard to include whatever yard work needs doing in the front and side yards as well. The space along the side of the house is in desperate need of love and attention so that is where the week began, the side yard:
More evil weed removal. This time it was the Tree of Heaven, or as Adelita
said in the comments from last week's post
, Go to Hell Tree. (As an aside, I will be calling it that from now on.)
side yard before
side yard after
My husband came in from doing something with wires or cables on that side of the house last week and informed me that the tree is taller than him now. My husband is 6' 5" so that is a tall frigging weed!
Go to Hell Tree before
Go to Hell Tree after
Next up for this area is a little grading, weed barrier cloth and gravel. I will be trolling craigslist's free section for dirt and gravel and see what I can find.
Nothing worthy of before and after photos. I went back to working in the back yard and dug up some grasses, did some grading, bagged some miscellaneous organic junk,and pulled some little straggler silverleaf nightshade.
Wednesday's yard work almost didn't happen for two reasons. First, the front of my torso is all bruised from crawling around in our minuscule attic space looking for the other end of a Romex wire for our electrician. Look, here I am:
Second, I made an unwise choice the night before and made a quiche for dinner with cream cheese that I wasn't 100% sure about. I woke up before 5am with an upset stomach and spent the rest of the day in a gloomy haze.
I think it was my embarrassment at the cream cheese decision that made me go out even though I wasn't feeling tip-top. I worked for an hour and dug out a spot of grass in the side yard which sounds like a lightweight day but check out the photos!
the downspout area before
the downspout area after
More electrical-related activities. I didn't crawl around in any tight spaces but by the time the electrician left it was too hot to work in the yard so nothing for Thursday.
All the rain from the last two days made taking out the last grassy areas far smoother (just, you know, muddier.) I also took a whack at a tree trunk that has skulked in the corner of the side yard for as long as we've had the place.
tree trunk before:
tree trunk after:
I am going to wait until things dry off a bit before I bag up much of the grass I dug up.
Does anyone know if the only green waste pickup
window is in May? Are there other pick up times planned that the City is just being coy about? I have so many bags of weeds in my yard now that I'll have to make a dump run once they dry off. Really I'll have to make several dump runs once they dry off, my little Subaru has a big heart but a small-ish cargo area.