.I had help in the yard this morning. The teenage boy who house sat for me came over and helped with some heavy, hard work. I have a huge, and I do mean HUGE, pile of old tree branches that was left by the previous owner. It has been there a very long time, because they are so dry and brittle that I can break a limb about two inches with a snap. Many of the larger branches are rotten through and through, and literally fall apart when they are dropped on the ground.
I have to get rid of this horrible pile of wood. It is unsightly, and I want the yard to look neat. But even more important, it is a fire hazard. Can you imagine what could happen if a spark should land on it? If, god forbid, a wildfire came near here, I can imagine the flames on that spot should be enormous. As is, I don't know if I will ever be able to get it all out of there. We got most of the small pieces out. It took four loads in my pickup bed, stacked as high as the cab, to remove this much. It is stacked at the roadside and ready for the yard waste pickup next week. The stack is approximately 18 feet long X 4-5 feet wide X 5-6 feet high. The problem is that there is still at least that much more to go, but it is in the form of trees! Yes, someone cut down two or more trees, I can't tell for sure, and drug them in there to rot!! I'll have to cut the trees up before we can do anything else.
The ground under this mess is covered with debris, small pieces of bark, twigs, leaves, etc. I don't know what I will do with it. It will actually be good mulch for the soil, but I need to check and find out about how much would be considered safe to leave. I may rake it out and scatter it around the sparse areas to enrich the soil. That will be a lot of work. An awful lot. One step at a time, Lyn, one step at a time.
I'm done for the day. Two hours of labor in the sun is plenty. I'm going to water the deck plants, the yard plants in waiting, and the fledgling lawn, but that will be it. Scott brought me some root stimulator bacteria grown in his lab, and I'll give all my plants a shot of that, too. No more hard stuff for today.
Tonight I'm going to dinner with some friends. We are starting a new "club," an idea borrowed from Enid and her friends in Santa Fe. On each of our birthdays we will go out, and the person with the birthday is treated to dinner by her friends (we share the cost of her dinner and pay for our own). I'm looking forward to it tonight, our first dinner. Tonight's activities will be much more fun than this morning's, for sure!!
PS @ 4:45 PM
I had a little surge of energy, so I got the 2 Red Hot Pokers planted, as well as 2 of the Apache Plume. I was feeling pretty smart, thinking I have just 2 more Apache Plumes, 3 Mexican Brooms, and the Columbine left to plant. The nursery just called and the 3 Fountain Grasses I ordered and wasn't expecting till next week are in!!! And I know I'll get a couple more Columbines while I'm there, so I'm not out of the woods yet!! It isn't one step forward, two back, but more like one step forward and two added to the end of the path! I look at the title of this post, and knowing that I do this to myself, I can only laugh at me!