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Front yard….rocks, rocks and lots of rocks 7/4/17

I swear this is the last time I’m going to move these rocks.  I was out in the backyard at 7 this morning, picking up rocks and putting them in buckets.

The front yard was looking shitty, and I think that the company that cuts the grass put poison on the flowers that I was trying to grow.  I’m tired of messing with it, so this was my project for today.

I picked up every rock that I could dig up, knowing that I did not want to spend any money on bags of rocks.  I had my fingers crossed that I would have enough for what I wanted to do.

This is my new homemade tool.  A bent up grilling fork.  It works great for loosening up the dirt.  It also works perfectly for digging up weeds.

First I tore up cartons that I had saved last week and put them down to slow down the weed growth.
Then I topped that with buckets and buckets of rocks from the backyard.

I like it!  It turned out better than I thought and I did end up having enough rocks.

The Royal Empress tree is growing like crazy

Ferns from my mom’s house are growing pretty fast too.

A few minutes ago, T-Jay used the electric saw to cut up the rest of them Maple tree.  I will keep putting it in the trash can until it’s all gone.  It shouldn’t take more than a couple of weeks, and then I’ll finally have the backyard back to normal.

I’m thinking about hooking up the power washer to blow all that dirt from around the roots of that Maple tree.  If I can get them exposed enough, I’ll be able to cut them off so that I will finally have a somewhat level walkway.

Well, it was an idea.   I guess my power washer isn’t powerful enough.

I’ll have to figure out another way to dig that root up.  Oh, well, that’s for another day.  I’m pooped and am going to take a shower and relax for the rest of the day.

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Sprucing up the backyard part two 5/7/17

The rain finally stopped and it was 42 degrees when I started this morning.   
After five hours, I’m beat!!!
^^^ This is how I left it yesterday when it started to rain again.  
All night I was wondering what to do to slow down the weeds, 
now that it is all clean and weed-free.  
I don’t want to use any poisons, so I did a bit of search on the internet.  
 I didn’t want to spend any money and this was one of the suggestions.
Cardboard paper.

Many years ago we had the bright idea of putting rocks in the front garden.  It looked so pretty…..for about 5 months.  Then the stones got green and ugly looking.  We decided to pick them all up and put them around the Maple tree in the back yard.
I just spent about 3 hours picking up bucket after bucket of small rocks to put around the stepping stones on the cardboard.  What a pain that was….literally.  I am so sore.

I also picked up most of the small rocks in the walkway.
Look at all those roots.  I’m going to try to remove some of them so that 
the walkway will be more level.

Finally finished.  I will see how this method works on keeping down the weeds.  I left the grass on the top left for Silly.  She likes to eat her salad when she comes outside.

I saved the worst for last.  Those roots were really hard to remove.  Some I couldn’t remove at all. 
I need more powerful equipment.

 This is the best I can do for right now.  I think it looks better than before.  Still not level, but hopefully a few of those stepping stones will sink later.

 My lonely Royal Empress Tree.  She sure looks pitiful right now.
Well, that’s all I’m going to do today.  Tomorrow it’s back to work.  
One of my co-workers covered for me today.  I knew that I would need two days to finish this.