With Spring officially here, it’s time to tidy up the yard after winter. So for the past several weeks, I’ve cut down a cherry tree, trim back my huge rhododendrons, and hacked back my bamboo hedge. Needless to say, I’ve filled my green waster bin, my neighbor’s green waste bin, and about four extra garbage cans full of yard debris.
We still need to do a few more yard tasks. In the next few weeks, we need to clean out the pool, mow my lawn (I’ll ask my son Hayden to do that and it will take probably three weeks of nagging for him to do it), and do some weeding.
As I’m out in my yard working…you can enjoy a mint and my misery.
When summer rolls around here in the Pacific Northwest, I like to do some landscape projects. With my trusty little Ford Ranger pick up truck (that seems to haul everything I throw into the back of it) and my little old shovel, I’m off.
A few summers back, I managed to build my shed/office. Then the next summer, I built my new deck with huge 8×8 posts (because it looks way more manly than little crappy 4×4 posts). I’ve also removed all of the old railroad ties that the previous owners used for landscaping and replaced them with rock walls and rock borders. A lot of hard work, sweat, and tears have been poured into the various landscaping projects.
And the sick part: I like to do this kind of stuff. It gives me a wonderful piece of mind just working on yard projects. I escape from having to do any photography related projects. I just enjoy the sunshine and the outdoors. I plan for my yard to be low maintenance. I want my son to be able to mow the lawn without using the weedeater to trim back the grass.
I also don’t want to worry about watering any plants. If those plants need my help to survive, they are pretty much doomed. I don’t even water the lawn. What’s the point? It will grow back anyway.