It might be in the 90s outside, but you and I both know that won’t last for long. It’s time to start planning for fall.
We worked hard in the yard today and Dave got all of the mowing done while I pulled weeds and began digging out unwanted scrub trees scattered throughout the property.
And then my eyes settled on the future pond and all of the growth and brush that was clogging it up. When Dave finished mowing he headed over to help and together we pulled out many trees, a pile of weeds, and began tarping the cleared areas.
I began dreaming of a pond in this spot the first spring we were here, in early 2013. I imagined a deep upper pool, connected to a shallow stream lined with river rock and pea gravel that would open up onto two separate deep pools.
It all started with this bit of tree root. Cottonwood trees are notoriously shallow-rooted, and this one was just sitting there on the surface of the ground. I looked at it and thought “Bridge!” and began to dig.
The years have flown by and I keep promising myself that this will be the year that I put in the pond. Well, I’m really hoping that 2019 will be that year. Meanwhile, we have dug every tree, bush and most of the weeds out, and placed tarps over a majority of the future pond. Next year, we can remove the tarps, dig down deep into the ground to the appropriate depths, then replace the tarps until we have the pipes, pond liner and rocks ready to go.
More than anything, I’ve grown tired of having to clear the space over and over of greenery.
We also spread out some of the pea gravel we have bought in this little oasis of gooseberry, rosebush and fruit trees. Looks like I need a bit more to complete the project!
It will include metal edging so that it is easy to mow right up to.
I sat down and identified what we still need to do in the yard before it gets cold:
- Finish the brick firepit surround and reposition the logs for sitting on
- Finish the brick pathway rebuild
- Expand the dog yard to include the passageway between the dog yard and Cottage East (build one little patch of wall and one more gate)
- Remove chain-link fence from side and front of Cottage East and dig up poles
- Remove the underbrush and re-do the brick walkway on the east side of Cottage East
- Kill off and remove poison ivy and other weeds from the back of Cottage West
- Clear the alley side of the back fence of scrub trees, poison ivy and weeds. Put down weed-block and mulch some areas.
- Finish tree ring in front side yard
- Clear/tidy Cottage West front yard
- Clean up garbage along front of property
It’s quite a lot of work. And I’m hoping that most of it can be done before our Halloween Party and Birthday Bash.
Each year we make such enormous progress on this house and yard. Sometimes I feel like I’m running a marathon, or maybe trying to beat the clock before my body tells me “Enough!” while I still have a “to do” list a mile long.
In any case, I took a good look at our calendar over the next two months and plugged in various activities (mostly on the weekends) that should mean we have most if not all of that hellish list done before it gets cold.
All of this hard work is so worth it. Look how far we have come!