Spring apparently means yard work in the Hernandez household. Last spring, we must have been too preoccupied with a new pup and a fairly new home to spend time digging holes and pulling weeds. But this year is certainly turning out to be a bit different. Oh, joy.
Scott and I had a fairly lazy weekend, recuperating after our recent travels. We stumbled upon a History channel show about the history of american Hillbillies (thrilling, I know) which somehow inspired us to have a little hillbilly yard work session of our own this afternoon. I’m not knocking the Hillbillies’ excellent job in defeating the British army, but their aesthetic usually isn’t my cup of tea. Our rustic attempt at yard work came to fruition because we needed to lay some grass seed on our tough clay-dirt areas in the back yard. The hillbilly portion entered from a) our lack of proper tools and b) our need to keep Charlie out of the seeded area until the seeds took.
First, we had to aerate the dirt because it was so stinking hard that no grass seed would take, no matter how determined it was. We didn’t have a tiller (who does?) so we took to taking turns jamming a shovel into the ground to loosen up the soil. Ghettttto.
We’re sincerely hoping that our shovel technique did the job well enough for our little grass seeds to flourish in our barren landscape. After the seed was laid, we spread the oh-so-chic hay to prevent our grass seedlings from washing away. An integral cog to the hicksville look we were going for, don’t you think?
Oh, but don’t think we stopped there. The piece de resistance of our hillbilly makeover comes in the form of “poultry netting”. That’s right, we crafted a chicken wire/yard post fence around the seeded area to keep our overzealous dog from running through the delicate seeds on his daily ball-chasing jaunts.
Hopefully our hillbilly processes will help this sad little area of our yard to explode with grass come summer. Although, I really like how the uneven heights of the wire netting really compliment the clumps of hay. I’m thinking about keeping this as a permanent feature in our backyard – what do you think?