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First Mow of the Season

March 19, 2011

Steve mowed our lawn today!  The first mow of the spring season.  Living in California my entire life, until 2 years ago, I never knew that you didn’t have to mow your lawn all year round.  From what I think I remember, you normally have to mow your lawn in the winter in California.  Or at least, I can remember being woken up every Wednesday around 7:30am from the gardeners mowing our large backyard.  We had an abnormally large backyard for the San Fernando Valley.  Almost an acre to be exact.  You can’t get a yard that size anymore.  Luckily my dad bought the land in the 80’s, when land was still relatively inexpensive, and built our family home.

Over here in Tennessee, you don’t mow your lawn in the winter.  How convenient!  The grass just doesn’t grow when it gets to a certain temperature (a temperature it never gets to in CA).  I’m sure many people who don’t live in sunny CA are rolling their eyes and thinking “Duh, where have you been?”  Well….in CA, that’s where!  I’m just learning about the different seasons over here in the South where there actually ARE seasons.  Ahh snow, how I love thee!  Autumn, you are gorgeous too!

Our grass was getting pretty long.  I picked up the dog poop yesterday and could barely see it through the forest of grass!  And let me tell you, the dog poop is usually not hard to miss with our beasts of dogs!  It’s like picking up human poop out there!  Sorry if that was a little bit too much information.  It’s just that I hadn’t done it in a couple weeks and I was pretty much up to my eyeballs in poop.  It was not a pretty situation….nor a pleasant smelling one either.

Steve loves our riding lawn mower.  Sometimes I like to mow the lawn too, since that thing is just so fun to drive, and I have to put up a pretty good fight for Steve to let me take the reins….or wheel as it were.  (By the way, those brown patches on the right are courtesy of our dogs.  They enjoy relieving themselves in the perimeter of our patio, which completely killed the grass there, and it’s now completely hard, compacted dirt.  We’re contemplating if we should just leave it until we try to sell the house, or if we should put sod in and try to fence off the area until it has grown in.  Suggestions?)

We even got a free pressure washer with our mower when we bought it!  That has really come in handy since we have dogs with muddy feet that like to stain our concrete brownish red from the clay dirt on their paws.

We actually got an upgraded pressure washer because they were out of the one that was supposed to come with the mower.  Score!  That reminds me, I really need to pressure wash the patio before Elizabeth’s bridal shower next month.  Put that on the “To Do” list.

This is courtesy of Camelot this morning.  I had the dirt and Miracle Grow mixture all nice and leveled out yesterday in my raised vegetable/flower bed, and this morning, after leaving Camelot alone in the backyard for a couple hours, I found this lovely sight.  At least I hadn’t planted the seeds yet!  Then I would have probably been alot more upset.  Luckily this is an easy fix.  We’ll be getting a little fence to go around the vegetable garden so this won’t happen again.  Camelot usually doesn’t jump small fences (or baby gates) unless there’s a thunderstorm and he’s trying to get to us because he’s scared.  The little pansy.

Look at this boy.  He doesn’t exactly scream “ferocious” with this face.  He likes to put on a mean front if you’re a stranger ringing our doorbell, but inside he’s just a pansy boy.  Your secret is out, Camelot!

I installed these stone tiles that lead to our hose today.  We still have to put either mulch or gravel in between them, but at least part of it is done.  It always gets so muddy back there, and it’s such a hassle trying to get the hose out, so hopefully this will help.

I also dug out several of our dead bushes in the front (Steve helped) and raked the old mulch into piles that have yet to be disposed of.  See, we didn’t have any heavy duty trash bags to dump it into so we just had to leave it there over night until we could get said trash bags.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!  My beautiful peonies will go in this large spot in the front.  I can’t wait until they start blooming!

Another accomplishment today was putting the bricks and top soil around each of the two trees in our front yard.  I think it looks so much better than before!  Unfortunately I didn’t take any before pictures, but just imagine that those bricks aren’t there and that the roots are sticking out of the ground.  We still have to put some mulch on top of the soil, but it already looks 100x better than it did.

Did I mention that I love spring?  Look at these blossoms!  Gorgeous!

I love when the earth comes back to life after a long flowerless winter!

I think this deserves to be framed.  God’s creation is so pretty!

This tree is a thorn in my side……except in the early spring when it looks like this.

Oh glory, if only it could look like this all year round!  Except during the spring, this tree is exceptionally ugly!  It hardly produces any leaves, and the branches hang downwards like a frown.  We were planning on ripping it out and planting some rose bushes or something with a little more color, but then I saw the blossoms.  Oh how these blossoms nurture my soul!  I’m sure in a couple months I’ll want to rip it out again, but for right now, it’s just so pretty to look at.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Pam Pentland permalink
    March 19, 2011 9:59 pm

    Your gardening project looks great! It IS a lot of work, but you are up for the challenge. It’s in the blood. Btw, I have to comment on some spelling and grammatical errors: too much (not to much), reins (not reigns – that’s royalty), and spring (not Spring). Sorry, it’s the teacher in me. 🙂

    Back to your blog–great photos! I love the tree blossoms, too! And yes, we do mow year round here, although there are some weeks that it’s unnecessary — little growth.
    Your bricks around the tree look so pretty. Nicely done!

    I would advise you not to do anything about the dirt around the patio. With 2 big dogs you will be sorry for wasting time, money, and energy on that. The odds of it lasting and staying nice and green is slim to none. When you decide to sell, ask your realtor (unless that’s you!) if you should plant new grass or sod there. It may not be necessary.
    This movie is really boring. We are going to give it a few more min. and then it’s going back in the envelope. It’s called “Say Anything.” (1989)

  2. Pam Pentland permalink
    March 19, 2011 10:01 pm

    Btw, how did you get the grass so GREEN?

    • March 19, 2011 10:05 pm

      Haha, thanks, Mom. I’ll fix those grammatical errors right away! I normally don’t mess up “to, two, and too”, must have been a typo.

      Good call on the dirt around the patio. Why waste the money now when it’s just going to to get ruined again.

      As for the grass…..photo editing. 🙂 And also, it rains alot here.

  3. March 20, 2011 11:26 am

    Oh how I am going to live vicariously through this post. Our snow just melted and our grass is brown, so we have a ways to go before we can actually get the mower out, lol. Your grass looks so lush and green! And the blossoms! So beautiful!

    We had a problem with mud around our hose spout as well. You pretty much needed to put on rain boots to get to it. We put down a bag or two of limestone, put a rock path on top of it and then put wood chips around. The limestone acts as a weeping stone so the water seeps down in to the ground (I have no clue if that terminology is correct. My husband is the technical one in the family, lol) and the mud is no more!

    Can’t wait to see your veggie garden as it grows. Ours will go in mid to end of May. I had better start planning 🙂

  4. March 22, 2011 12:54 pm

    I have yard envy! Haha, but seriously you have some gorgeous land. That bloom…what is it? It’s beautiful but I think it’s too hot to grow in Florida.

    • March 22, 2011 12:58 pm

      I’m not exactly sure what type of tree it is. It’s got dark bark and dark brownish red leaves once it stops blooming. Hmm, now I’m curious. I’ll have to check. If I can figure it out, I’ll let you know. 🙂

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