Last summer was the first summer in my new house, with my .5 acre yard that hadn’t been looked after in 20 years.
With a lot of help from my friends, relatives and even my neighbors, I got a LOT done. It was such hard work, I cursed my yard every single day. There was a never-ending list of crap to take care of. Trees to cut down, bushes and hedges to tear out/move, thorny berry patches to obliterate, an old grape vine to fix up, trees to prune, old wood to clean up and move, tons of trash to be tossed out, new flower beds to install, a whole house to paint…man, that was just part of it!
Not to mention it was extremely hot last summer and I didn’t get any air conditioning when I moved in (what was I thinking?) and I spent 10 hours every weekend helping with construction on a church.
Anyway, I swore up and down that I HAYTED gardening and taking care of my yard, and this year I was going to be as grumbly as last year.
But you know what? My yard looks absolutely beautiful this year. Turns out all that hard work paid off. The trees aren’t gnarly, the patches of grass I planted grew in, the mulch I put down stayed in-tact and the plants the neighbor put in my new flower bed last year look great.
So this year…this week actually…I went out and was…happy to work in the yard! So far I have weeded the front flower bed, dug out circles of grass around the front trees for mulch, cleaned up an area around my foundation that had been excavated, sprayed some weed killer in certain spots, sprayed some foundation bug control and tomorrow 3 yards of mulch is coming and I’m taking the day off work to spread it.
My yard work (aside from mowing) is half done and it’s not even June yet! And it looks so great, I’m giddy.
I took pictures of the front of my house before I painted it and ripped out the shrubs. In a coupla days I will post the pics to “show off” the work (I had asked the Dopers for color selection help).
Other first-time gardeners and homeowners feel free to gush here too!