A Little Yard Work

Saturday we worked on some very minor projects in our yard.

I new green leaves behind the Cottage is mostly poison ivy with some wild grape vines.
Thenew green leaves behind the Cottage are mostly poison ivy with some wild grape vines.

Awhile ago we had cleared the weeds from behind the Cottage. Now that some of the poison ivy is coming back I sprayed the leaves with Round-up.  I try to use this weed killer very sparingly due to its impact of the environment.

The path at the left of the photo needed to bw chipped.
The path at the left of the photo needed to be chipped.

We chipped the path to this part of the yard. I placed layers of newspaper on the path.

The chip path leads behind the Cottage to the propane tanks.
The chip path leads behind the Cottage to the propane tanks.

Then Charlie came behind with oak chips which I spread with a rake.

The purple basil aggressively self-seeds.
The purple basil aggressively self-seeds.

Finally I might have mentioned to my friend that I wanted to pull the purple basil (which self-seeds every year) before it blossoms and goes to seed.

The purple basil is gone.
The purple basil is gone.

She pulled it all up.

Are you working on your yard? A small project? Or a grand scheme?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

3 thoughts on “A Little Yard Work”

  1. Yes, I have a little courtyard area in front of my front porch that used to be grass and now is all plants with a paver walk from the driveway to the front door area. I’m digging up a little area that is mostly wild violets and ajuga to put down some pavers so I can have a couple of chairs there. I cheat and just dig out the dirt and place the pavers on top – no crushed stone or anything except perhaps newspaper or landscape fabric. I pay the price with weeds between the pavers eventually but it works for me.

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