Every spring it happens. So grateful to be done with winter, most of us New Englanders with access to any kind of a front yard, start planning.
I was so happy to finally see my crocuses this year! Since the start of spring was a little delayed this year with abnormally frigid and snowy days, we’re even more anxious to get started growing and just doing yard stuff.
“This year I’m gonna have the greenest yard on the block”.
“Ya’ know, I think I’m gonna finally cut down that bush down to size.”
“Maybe I’ll try my hand at roses.”
“Think I should add a few more perennials?”
“Oh yeah. What’s a perennial?”
“Should I plant a tree?”
“Should I remove a tree?”
“Yikes! Maybe, I’ll just concentrate on the back yard.”
We get so excited about the front yard! Then it’s time to do the actual WORK. Ah…that’s when some of us express that last sentiment: concentrate the back yard.
For me, due to my disability, I have to rely on others to help me reach my annual front yard goals. Some years, we get it done. Other years, we don’t. Believe it or not, I’m learning to accept that others might not see my vision or even care as passionately about my yard projects as I do. Even though this is difficult for me, it’s very true.
My family. I love them, but they all suffer from seasonal allergies and have a horrible time in the spring, even attempting to think about yard work. My husband tries to ignore his allergies every year, in an attempt to do what I can no longer do. BTW: He’s a native New Yorker. (‘Nuf said about that.) My adult children no longer live with us, but their allergies are a mess, too.
Ironically, I love the outdoors and have loved doing landscaping projects in the past, but sadly I can’t do them totally by myself, anymore. So now, my mission is not really about my personal vision of lawn perfection. It’s all about getting the yard to look decent for the rest of the year. Is that too much to expect?
My Lawn Care Goal for Spring of 2014:
- Create container gardens add visual interest (plant floral arrangements for spring/summer season).
- Trim the burning bush and any brush on the sides of the house.
- Hope that my front yard perennials keep blooming and the bushes planted last year will grow.
- Add mulch chips where necessary.
- Replace the old park bench with a new one.
- Do one thing new: ‘Plant’ a water garden in the tiny pond that sits alone year after year.
(Thanks to my cousin, Krista, for this idea).
- Hire a lawn service for the rest.
- Do what I can and hire a lawn service for the rest.
- Do one thing new: Add a screened gazebo and enjoy the back yard this summer.
Ciao for Now,