Monday, July 11, 2011

Taming the Jungle

Over the weekend, we tackled some yard work.  Each spring and summer we need to reclaim our yard from what I call "the jungle."  We have woods all around our yard, which we like.  However, it can become overgrown very quickly.

Another project we had to tackle was this area in our side yard.  In the past, there may have been a garden in this area.  Someone put up a lot of weed-blocking fabric.  This spring, it started to peek through the grass.

Even Handy Boy helped us to tame the jungle. 
Good job, Handy Boy, earn your keep!


We went to Lowe's and bought a dozen bags of dirt.  Really, we should get a discount at that place.  We help to keep them in business.  I keep telling Handy Man we should just direct deposit about 1/3 of his paycheck to Lowe's.

Handy Man dumped out the dirt, and spread it around with a metal rake.
Oooooh, my aching back!

He then put some grass seed on the dirt, and watered it.  I saw a tiny rainbow while he was watering and I tried to take a picture of it.  Can you see it here?

Here's the after photo.  It looks much better!  This is in a shady area, so hopefully the new grass will come in nicely and it won't burn to a crisp.  We have that problem in other areas of the yard.

It was a beauty-ous weekend here in New England.  Did you work on any outdoor projects over the weekend?  Tell us about it.

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15 comments:

DearHelenHartman said...

Whew. I'm glad YOU did the yardwork. Now I don't have to. Thanks!

Emily said...

How smart your young man is to be helping out with yard work. Ours helped when he was growing up. Now its just us two to do it all. No yard work this weekend. Its scorching hot here with triple digits......Whew, just thinking about it. Thanks for sharing. Great name for your blog too.

~Emily
The French Hutch

CAS said...

That should fill in nicely. How nice that your son was involved. Had to get out to the yard very early to do some work, even at that hour it was already hot & humid. I think it only got up to 109* today - swell!

Paula said...

Isn't it amazing how quickly the woods can take over your yard? Good luck with your new grass! I didn't get in the yard this weekend but hope to today. I have some weeding to do, garlic to harvest, and a few plants that need to be moved.

Julie Kay said...

Have you thought about putting down straw over the fresh grass to keep the sun from burning it before it has a chance to grow? I've never used the technique in my own yard (because it's mostly clover anyway and that junk will grow under any conditions! haha!) but my brother in law used it in his yard in the very hot state of Alabama and it worked well for their yard. Might be worth looking into. And PS, I love the way you've landscaped the front of your house. We're in a constant state of landscaping here, so I'm always admiring others' work!

Jordan@the2seasons said...

Looks good and it seems like you have some good helpers!

Simone said...

Wow that looks like hard work! I really must get to my backyard and do the gardening aswell :)

Aimee said...

Looks great!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

I would love to be outside in the garden but it's so HOT here in the south. Today is going to be extremely warm at 100 degrees and 110 on the heat index! So I will be sitting next to the window with a fan blowing on me dream of the day that I can get my hands dirty!

Eileen @ CottageBeachHouse said...

Looks like a lot of work, but it is always worth it isn't it?
We always have a bunch to do to at the start of summer from the winter mess.Kids come in handy don't they?
It's too hot now for us but we are out there watering everything constantly.

Deanne said...

it's always satisfying to get some yard work done!

abeachcottage said...

Good luck with your new grass, hope they turn out great. Lovely yard. Thanks for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

There's a great sense of satisfaction in completing a job like that. You can look forward to reaping the benefits.

Meg said...

Ah, it looks lovely! I'm sure you'll have grass in no time! We just got back from a 2 week vacation and I can't believe how fast things are growing here (we live in the upper mid-west). I thank my neighbors for diligently watering when we were gone! It's beautiful!

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