ANOTHER outdoor post? ::groan:: I know, I know, this blog is turning into a one note show, but I promise I’ll move onto something more exciting different once I get this yard work out of my system. My arms and legs have erupted with red welts from all of the dern mosquitoes outside this spring, so maybe the itching will keep me indoors and up to something other than weeding and mulching. Anywho, this weekend my in-laws were in town and we put them to work as soon as they stepped in the door. Even our 2 year old nephew was part of the crew in this mini yard renovation. Our “flower” beds at the front of the house were looking quite sad, so I decided to add a little bling in the form of mulch. Ahh, mulch. The icing on the proverbial yard cake. It’s amazing the difference some shredded up pine bark can make on some naked flower beds. Before we even considered what type of mulch to buy, we first had to dig out our beds and create a crisp line that would delineate the plant area from the grass area.
We did this by drawing out the edges with a shovel first and then digging out any grass that could be transplanted elsewhere in the yard. Kind of like a toupee for our yard’s bald spots. We then raked out the extra weeds and grass and got the beds ready for their pretty little topping of dead bark. My hamstrings and forearms are thanking me today.
We decided to go with the Home Depot special of “pine bark nuggets”. We wanted a dark mulch to contrast nicely with our light colored home, as well as a product that was treated so we weren’t creating a breeding ground for termites. FYI apparently “nuggets” means huge honkin pieces of mulch. I would have liked some smaller pieces for our small beds, but I’m satisfied enough with our monster mulch. The “crew” of Scott, his dad and myself got to work, assembly line style, and laid all of the mulch around the house in about 10 minutes.
Speaking of the crew, here is a little homage to American Gothic that Scott and his dad whipped up mid-mulch. See, yard work can be fun, right? I can’t believe I just said that. Me, hater of all things weed and grass related. All of the this yard work is turning me into…. well, my husband.
Here’s the yard all dressed up and ready for her debut. Doesn’t she look all fancy with her fresh layer of repurposed bark? As Scott’s dad put it so eloquently, “it finally looks finished”. Not that a job is ever anywhere near finished at our house, but a little thing like mulch does do wonders for a sad little front yard.
Oh, and for good measure, here is a picture of Scott hurling our nephew into the air. Sweet, huh?