The contractor I hired to replace my old rotting fence showed up today and tore it down. It opened up this vista into the rather rough and neglected property of my neighbor’s side yard. Wow, this looks terrible. I wasn’t surprised by the junk as much as I was by the tree. I guess I didn’t realize that it was really planted right up against the fence and that at least half of...
Earth Day, 2 Ways
1. It’s Earth Day and my throat hurts. It was a very warm day, and as it’s been a dry spring, everyone seemed to rev-up every landscaping tool with a two-cycle engine that they owned. Compounded with the local orchards burning their spring prunings, it made for miserable air-quality. People with seasonal-allergies appeared to be in some circle of hell. 2. Recently I watched a few...
I should stop being surprised that people read my Twitter feed, but it’s a pleasant shock when some blurb about weeding out grass hits a chord with someone and they reply. Sometimes I get a “Retweet.” They are more rare, but I don’t find them as satisfying. I’d rather interact with someone directly—to a point. It’s okay to strike up a conversation, but not for...
Monthly Garden Report for March
Busy, busy, busy March. So much busier than it should have been. The matted lawn in back can attest to that. I’ve had to go around jabbing the heavily trafficked passages with the broad fork and scraping at it with the thatch rake. But it has been so warm, I couldn’t help but get out there and tromp around. We’re still mired in dryness by La Niña, a weather pattern caused by...