This spring inbetween fieldwork we've been working on the yard. I sometimes refer to it as the pasture, as seen in the "before" picture below.
We borrowed Karl's parents lawn mower to mow the pasture and it went pretty well. I am somewhat embarrased to admit, this was my first time EVER mowing a lawn. You're probably thinking "What type of spoiled brat never had to mow the lawn?" I guess my older siblings always mowed it and after they were gone my mom did it because she enjoyed it! I was pretty proud of myself :)
The lawn mower also had a roto-tiller on the back of it so Karl used it to til up this big dirt area which has our septic tank underneath. There is kind of a bump in the yard from the lids so he was trying to make it look nice.
One big project we have is needing to plant new grass from where we tore out trees, bushes, etc. Karl dumps dirt over it, smoothes it out and then plants the grass seed.
Thanks for field cultivating the yard, Steve! The big open area looks great-- now I just need to plant some grass!
We have poison ivy growing up about every tree we have and around the base of it. I got it on me last fall when we were working on the house and wanted to spray it this year and get rid of it for good. I don't know if it is all poison ivy but I do know, that's not a normal looking tree!
Below is poison ivy dying that I did spray.
There were a few days last week when I got off work it was nice out so I thought I'd do some yard work by myself. We had plants, poison ivy, dandelions, and weeds everywhere that needed to be sprayed. I got some Round-Up and started spraying anything that resembled a weed. Karl specifically told me to stay away from the patch of new grass he seeded because round-up would kill it. I said I would be careful and stay away from it. However........it just so happened that there was a few too many weeds coming up in the new grass patch... so I sprayed them. This is the result...
Whoops! I guess it got the weeds AND the new grass :) Oh well, grass can be replanted, and those weeds DEFINATELY aren't coming back :) :)
There were a bunch of plants/weeds growing up in the space between the cement and the house so I sprayed those, let them die, and then raked up all the rocks, bricks and weeds out of there. I really did all the work- just had to take a break to take the picture :) Karl runs the skid load and I do the manual labor :)
We took out the enormous tree from the back yard last year that was overgrown and had lots of branches leaning over the house. We planted a Pin Oak tree farther back towards the corn field. It will be fun to watch it grow!
Slowly but surely we are making process on the yard!
Rowan came to visit us on Sunday. He's turning into such a little man :) He was 5 weeks on Monday.
Rachel and Leah came with Rowan... we took him on his first ranger ride. I don't think the front seat is made for 4 adults and 1 baby but we made it work! :) Thanks for coming to see us!