The Yard is Looking Better

The mounds of wood chips are now with the rest of the mulch in the background near the creek.

The yard crew showed up bright and early Monday morning to tackle the mowing, weed-eating and the removal of the mounds of wood chips where the tree stumps were ground back in March.

Wow. We had no idea what a chore that was going to be. They had to use a pickax to break up the mounds of chips due to grass roots winding through all the mounds. And the chips were saturated with water all the way to below ground level. It’s a three man crew with two of them on huge zero-turn mowers and the third doing the weed-eating and blowing the grass clippings away from the house. He started on the first mound while the others will still mowing.

After the guys who were mowing were done with that chore the moving of the mounds of wood chips went much more quickly. Still, it took them over an hour just for that when it normally takes forty-five minutes to an hour to mow the three acres and trim around the house, shop and all of the trees.

These two are the closest to the house.

Looking out across the yard I had a thought. I want some raised flower beds and why not put some of them where the wood chips were? The tree stumps were ground well below ground level. It wouldn’t be that difficult to build some square frames to set on top of these spots and fill them will soil and let is settle over the summer and do some planting in the fall. The iris plants do better when moved in the fall. It’s a thought. We could set aside this area for veggies and put the flowers and herbs out near the yucca plants.

The huge mound of wood chips can be used as mulch in the beds with the most of it going out to the farm for Audrey to use in her plantings. Those big sections of pine tree trunks are for the farm as well. I’m not sure what she has planned but we’ll need to get someone to move them. Those suckers are heavy and about four to five feet long each.

While we were celebrating Rachel’s birthday on Sunday I got some photos of the hens.

The girls made short work of the left-over melon rinds. The wooden rod in the lower right of this photo is a swing for them to perch on. I think one of the red hens is partial to it.
They love perching on the branches that are placed in a corner of their enclosure and enjoy watching us while we sit on the patio, no doubt hoping the kids will bring them left-overs and some grasshoppers for a snack.
That’s Rosebud on the right and I believe the red hen is Jennifer, not sure about that.

Audrey said they should begin laying before long and she has plans to greatly enlarge their enclosure and add to the flock this fall.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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