Posted By onefinemess on June 5, 2014
So, I’ve got a new hobby? Maybe? Or just a Thing That Needs to be Done.
Our yard has gotten kind of out of hand over the last couple of years. I don’t think it’s the worst it’s ever been… but it was pretty bad. Full of nasty, thorny brambles and weeds as high as my waist… that kind of thing. And I’m not even talking about the lawn. OH THE LAWN. THE HORROR. I mean. Not like, flesh-eating horror… but it just looks like shit. Big patches of deadness, that kind of thing.
And, since I suck at yarding, I’m not really sure what to do. We had a new sod lawn put in…2 or 3 years ago and it was nice for a while. As things tend to be. Then time set in. And the fact that I don’t really outdoors-as-a-thing. And kids. Lots of them. And rain. And the ground under the lawn is really irregular? That’s maybe the part that drives me the most nuts because how do you fix that without a tractor!? Guns. Can I shoot the ground? Can I 2nd amendment it into submission?
So, whatever. The lawn is for next year. I hate it. There are rose bushes growing in it.
The plan for this summer/year: getting the weeds elsewhere under control. Like…hopefully in a maintainable manner.
First up: The weird little borderthing between our front fence and the sidewalk. Thankfully, I don’t have a before picture, because I would want to not look at it. I put gravel in a couple years ago because hey, that’s easier that weeds, right? Except that: weeds. I didn’t know what I was doing so I didn’t put any shielding or whatever
So yeah…gravel filled with knee high weeds and clover…so much clover. Hate the clover. So. Shoveled out a bunch of dirt and all the gravel, borrowed a wheelbarrow and moved it to pile in corner of backyard. Put in some fertilizer or whatever. Planted a bunch of sedum. Figured might as well go for variety and maybe get an interesting blended kind of look. Sedum is pretty cool! Says the awkward exclamation point. I’m not like, much of a plant guy…but it’s pretty fascinating how many species of it there are. Supposedly it’s all tough and rugged and such. I’m hoping it’s tough, rugged, and murderous.
Just after planting:
Yes, I pulled out the little tags. But now I don’t know their names… :(
Minute plant growth. Super exciting, I know! The little red and bright green ones in center that are about to touch are my favorite. They do this weird little dance where they keep almost growing into one another, then veering away. Not at all creepy.
Basically every other day I go out and pull 50-100 tiny bastardfucketyfuck weeds. Mostly clovers…because the dirt here is riddled with old clover roots and that shit just sprouts back up. I don’t know if there’s an answer to that that isn’t NUKE WITH POISON…which wouldn’t fare so well for the plants I’ve already planted (OK, I guess if I Knew What I was Doing I might have removed all the old dirt, put in some kind of shielding, then put in all new dirt. But: No. And also: that’s money!). The plan is for them to hopefully strangle the fuck out of the weeds, once they grow up a little.
So…that’s going. Then on to the back yard!
Right out of the back door was another strip of weeds where we sometimes parked our greenwaste can. The can/bin – which smells exactly as worst as you would expect something that regularly holds rotting meat for a week at a time to smell – was perhaps the most attractive feature of that strip.
Much nicer to look at than weeds?
So, I made a little square planter with some bricks – the front portion was a pre-existing tiny wall that must have served a purpose at some point… then moved in a bunch of flat stones from elsewhere in the yard.
I think I’m going to try and get some pearlwort (you can see some there in the planter) to fill in the gaps and hopefully keep the weeds out of there.
Another big problem with this portion of the back yard: eucalyptus leaves! SO MANY. They don’t appear to kill the plants they fall on (like the leaves of the other tree we’ve got – no idea what it’s called but GRRR), but they do make quite a mess.
Off to the left you can see the next phase: MOAR WEEDS ON GRAVEL. Man that gravel was not the best choice. Money: wasted. Lesson: learned.
Pulled those. Shoveled a bunch of gravel/dirt around. PUT IN SHIELDING STUFF. Because I had some…so, why not? Moved all the rest of yard rocks onto shielding. I wanted to just have a big rock pile because a) why not b) we have a bunch of big rocks that need to be somewhere and c) why not the same place?
However…I ran out of rocks. Which is probably for the best (certainly my back thinks so. It’s not a big fan of my brain right now.) – soooo what I think I’m going to do is use that extra space for some shrubberies or something. NI.
So that’s this:
Not enough rocks. Unsure as to which ascii face to use.
You can also see back left and right corners… back right will be the last portion of this project. It’s going to be the most challenging for a few reasons: lots of shade, lots of dirt and lots of cat shit. GRRR. I’m thinking some kind of tiered thing with bricks…we’ll see.
Back left corner was filled with nasty spiky bramble-maybe-berry things that -seriously- even the tiniest thorn would go right through my heavy gloves…had to dig them up with a shovel then carry by the roots. I had no idea what to do with the space…so I’m filling it up with pavers and making a probably-pointless corner patio thing to collect leaves.
Expect more posts about plants, I guess.
I am old man?
OH RIGHT, the NIGHT PART. You totally thought I mean this, right?
But no. Oh. Right. So I’m trying to get this to somehow supplant the video gaming thing, brainspacewise, at least to a degree. This tends to result in what might look like obsession to some people… <.< How strange it must be for my wife to suddenly be dragged along to check out new nurseries. To go look at plants I’m not even going to buy! Yet. How weird is that? It’s hard not to be meticulous about things when you’re me. NO that doesn’t translate to “GOOD AT”. Hell, I’m not even GOOD AT computer games. I just make spreadsheets for them. You know you’re jealous.
No plant sheets yet. Not a bad idea though….
Right. Gaming. Gardening. In general, the free time I get in a given day occurs between 9 & 11 at night. That’s when I like to unwind and let my brain fall to goddam pieces because sometimes those pieces need to air out because well, stress. I think maybe I could do that with gardening? But it’s hard to do that between 9 and 11 at night. Right? Hopefully doable during summer, we’ll see. So I don’t, I just do it whenever I can squeeze it in. Usually not a problem, as the boys are finally getting to the age where they can be *SOMEWHAT* unsupervised outside when I’m on the other side of the house. Except for little R, of course.
Oh. Here’s a picture of him falling asleep sitting up in a chair.