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Well, it wasn’t quite as hot as last weekend but it was close. Saturday morning I spread out the 40 bags of black mulch that I had ordered from Home Depot the week before. They didn’t quite cover the entire area so I had to go back and pick up 10 more bags at regular price. Man! Is that stuff expensive!

We only used 5 of those so the total to cover my newly made bed: 65.

Time to create said bed: 2 full days.

Personal satisfaction: Priceless.

I’m not sure of the total cost, but it was a lot more than what I thought it would be. Mainly due to the amount of mulch and the landscaping fabric. The fabric, while expensive, is the absolute key ingredient in creating a weed/grass free bed. I likened it to yeast in a cake until [livejournal.com profile] cellymcfae ruefully reminded me that you don’t use yeast in cakes.

This is why I tend to work in the yard and stay out of the kitchen.



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This past Saturday was so nice that I spent all day, and I mean ALL DAY, outside working in the yard. I’ll spare you the exciting tale of lawn mowing and instead skip to the fun stuff.

This first picture is how the western side of our backyard looked before I started. I had been very lax about pruning the bushes so they got huge, effectively killing all the grass underneath them. Which was fine with me because after the neighbors built their fence it was pretty difficult to mow behind them anyway. Then we got several feet of snow which bent and broke a lot of the branches so last year I cut them all way back and used my handy-dandy chipper to make mulch out of them.

So I decided to create a bed around the bushes to A) make it easier to mow and B) give the yard a cleaner look. I started by using a flat shovel to dig a 4-6″ deep trench in front of the bushes. After about 4 feet it looked like a drunken gopher was running amok in the yard. So I decided to use some twine and yard flags to make sure I stayed in a straight line.

After digging the trench it took about 75 feet of plastic edging to make the border of the bed. By this time TheLad was helping me with the trench. We backfilled the trench with the dirt we just dug out of it, making adjustments as we went. Then TheWife joined us and we all laid down the landscaping fabric, pinning it in place as we went. I only had 20 bags of mulch and by this time we were all pretty wiped out. So TheLad and I started putting that down while TheWife finished laying out the fabric.

As you can see in this photo we only covered about half of the bed, which measures out at about 750 sq ft. On Monday I went back to Home Depot for more mulch but they were sold out. Since it was on sale, they let me pre-buy 40 more bags at the sale price. Those bags arrived Tuesday. I rented one of their trucks to bring them home. TheWife and I unloaded all 40 bags in the 95-degree heat. And then left them.

Hopefully this weekend won’t be as miserably hot. I’d really love to cross this bed, the smallest of three, off my to-do list.



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Saturday I got up at 6:00am in order to go into work and upgrade some server. I upgraded 5 servers in record time and then headed back home as quickly as possible to hibernate in the A/C. The heat index got up to 110 degrees and the humidity made it feel like you were breathing through cotton. Needless to say I spent the day indoors.

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Jul. 12th, 2010 09:53 am
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Where did my weekend go??

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About a month ago I told you how we lost part of a tree to winds.  Well, I managed to cut up the downed branches with my trusty reciprocating saw. It took three trips in the Jeep to get it all moved deep into the woods behind the house where hopefully now it's a home for critters.  We hoped the remaining section of the tree would heal itself and remain standing though because it blocks a lot of lights and traffic noise from across the street.

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“I am Ironman.”

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Earth Day logoWhile probably not her actual birthday, it is Earth Day. Now I don’t really consider myself a hippie-tree-hugger (leaving that to TheWife to offset my carbon bootprint) I like to think that I’m at least ecologically aware. We generally recycle, use eco-friendly products, and have changed most of lights to compact fluorescent bulbs. Since it is too far for me to bicycle to work, we try to carpool as much as possible in our Prius.

It’s blue. Which is really the most environmentally friendly color, donchaknow.

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