Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Me vs The Yard

I've tried avoiding it for the last few weeks, but it has been warm a few days and I can no longer deny it...

I have a yard. A yard that needs mowing, weeding, landscaping and planting.

Don't get me wrong, I love my yard, just as I love my new house. I just have no idea what to do with my yard!

I know, I know, here I am a grown woman sounding totally helpless.............well...........

First I lived in a townhouse, with minimal patio.

Then I lived in a brownstone duplex, with a back and a front yard. In this house, my husband was the guy in charge. At that time, he was managing a golf course and would sit on the front porch and stare at the yard, as if they could be one. He planted grass, he trimmed dead branches, he bought shrubs and planted them and he tilled under an unused garden plot in the back yard and made it all grass for the pooches.

THEN I lived in a lovely German house, but again, it was in an urban village. Once you had the patio, left some grass for the dogs, there really wasn't much left to do. I had LOTS of planters, big huge ones, little small ones, hanging flowers and planters on the fence. But no digging into the ground, for lack of a better phrase.

Now, here I am with a yard, and shrubs and plants, some dead, some just needing trimming and some ready to rebound in spring. And me? I have no idea which is which is which. Never mind the fact that kneeling and getting back up is an hour's chore in my life these days.

So, first I'll start disposing of what I know is dead, second I'll put my teenage son to work mowing and trimming, and lastly, I will hit the library. They must have a "Grass and Gardening for Dummies" book, musn't they?

And my frugal side will pray that some gardening gloves, edging scissors and a couple other tools will get me through my first spring with just me and a yard. Oh, and I will also say a little prayer that at the end of the day it's me that wins and not the yard.


  1. Everybody's yard looks bad this time of year, especially mine! I'm looking forward to warmer days and greener grass. I like your blog. Your side bar tells alot about you. Good stuff!!

  2. My yard is still under snow, I shudder to think what I will find once all the snow melts.

    Getting rid of the dead stuff is an excellent start to your yard project.

  3. Since your new to the house and yard, I'd sit back and observe this year. (If your son is not available) maybe hire someone to do the lawn. See if there's a horticultural society in your area...Master Gardeners listed who might be willing to come by and consult vis a vis your special needs(for a small fee). Raised beds are wonderful for gardeners who have difficulty bending and stooping. Lasagna gardening is a great, carefree way of creating a "dig-free" vegetable bed. The latest trend is to minimize the amount of garden devoted to "traditional" lawn. Here's an inspirational article I found you might benefit from: http://www.helium.com/tm/713747/green-lawnthe-green-remove. Whatever you decide to do, I hope it brings you great joy! Cookasita


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