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    Trish Monaco.
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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Yard Work

Since I've been anxious-beyond-belief and I haven't been able to get my sorry self to a yoga class, nor the gym, I decided to join PBX outside for a day of grueling yard work.

She drove to the end of the earth (Rancho Palos Verdes) to buy a used electric lawn mower yesterday. So today she just had to play with her new toy.

We've lived in this house for six months now. We haven't done a thing to the yard since before the new year. It's discouraging because the soil is just so gross. Even after all the yard work we'd done last fall, new things were sprouting from underground -- today alone we found nails, screws, marbles, plastic toys, spark plugs, bed frame wheels, broken glass, four old CDs, two bouncy-balls ... and a partridge in a pear tree. oh wait.

What we really want to do is start from scratch. We got a quote from someone who said he and a crew would come for 1/2 a day to dig three feet out of the entire backyard and get rid of the waste. If we had the money, we'd totally do it. It's not very expensive. But we're hoping our landlady will come through for us. There's a slight possibility of that -- after she pays property taxes next month. But I'm not holding my breath.

In the meantime, it's up to us to clear out what we can. It helps me to have visuals of the progress. Let's take a little yard-journey through time, shall we?

Here's the front yard a few days before we moved in.
September '06.

Here's what the front yard looks like today.

Here's the scary backyard -- September '06
focus on the overgrowth against the fence on the right and the brick patio.
"what fence? what brick?"
(Not to mention the back gate, the VW Buggy and the orange dumpster.)

Here's the backyard today.
Difficult to see but, rose bushes - all with fresh buds - line the brick patio. We can see clearly to the back gate and much of the overgrowth is now inside the green bin, ready for Tuesday's pick-up.
(obviously we haven't done a lot to the left side of the yard yet. we'll get there.)

Sideyard - September '06

Sideyard today (with Miss Gracie-kitty)
Still need to prune that palm on the side. I love the mulch PBX added around all the plants. Keeps the moisture in and strengthens each plant for better growth.

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Blogger Remo said ... (3:17 AM) : 

Wow! You guys have done alot of work all around. I'm guessing your yard soil is pretty sandy. Have you considered renting a roto-tiller to bust up the top foot of dirt and then rake out the gunk? Be careful trimming the palm. Those things are great nests for wasps and Africanized bees.


Blogger Trish said ... (10:04 AM) : 

hey remo! Yeah, very sandy, dusty and grimy. When we first moved in, a roto-tiller was our first thought. But with all the junk in the yard - it could kill a roto-tiller. Perhaps if we keep digging ourselves and eventually go that route.

True about nesting in the palms. Thanks for that reminder. I often hear stuff in there that I can't explain.


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