I know, I know, I have railed against mowing the lawn for years now. It’s just that now I have a new lawnmower. One that I can sit on and not cause my back to absolutely kill me after a few minutes of walking.
Over the past three years, I’ve gone from not mowing much of anything and merely cutting paths through the grass to mowing small sections of what were once a lawn. Today, I began the process of bringing things back to their original glory. Let me show you what I mean. Take a look at this satellite view of our property.
If you look closely, you can see where I’ve been mowing. This capture is from this year. The lighter areas surrounding the grass used to be lawn. I chopped the front yards in half and really reduced the size of the back. It’s probably about 60% of what it used to be when we moved in.
I’ve come to the conclusion that grass isn’t a bad thing to have. When we had a lot of unattended high grass, the bugs were terrible. When I began mowing that down, the bugs weren’t half as bad as the year before. I’m hopeful that next summer is going to be even better.
The reason I decided to start getting things back into shape is because we’ve got about 80 small Norway Spruce trees growing out there. We’r hopeful that one day they’ll grow large enough to become some sort of a privacy screen. I’m actually going to order 50 more today. Ones that are already four years old, so they’ll take off much faster than the trees I previously purchased.
Small pines don’t grow well in matted, overgrown grass. They like their nutrients and when the surrounding grass is too high, there aren’t many nutrients to go around. The grass uses them all because grass is a dirty hog. When it’s trimmed, pines usually do much better. Also, I’ll be able to see the small trees and will be able to fertilize them here and there, when need be. I think I’ll do that this coming May.
Walking. I enjoy walking around the yard while drinking wine. A larger lawn will give me more space to cover. Enough said.
Dirtbags. We currently look like dirtbags and that makes me feel uneasy. Although I’m probably a dirtbag, let’s not let the world know that.
Let’s take a look at some before and after shots of today’s lawn. Here’s a before photo of one side of the driveway in front of the house. Look how ugly it is.
Both photos show the same area. If you look back to the satellite image above, the area these photos display is at the left side, dead center. The top shot is from me standing near the front door of the house and the bottom shot is from me standing out near the road.
Before cutting anything, I walked around the area to be mowed and removed any sticks and rocks. Then, I pounded some stakes into the ground beside the tiny little pine trees that I managed to find. I’m sure I butchered one or two, but as I explained to Laura, some loss was to be expected. This is the cost of letting things go for so long.
Now, let’s take a look at the area after I mowed it. The two shots below are from the same perspectives as the ones above.
I think it looks so much better and will look even better when some real grass grows back in the spring.
Here are some additional picture of the same areas. During today’s work, I also restored some of the lawn that is located along the left side of the house. I basically doubled the size of that area.
Since we have about one more month of workable days outside, I’m going to do my best at completing the entire lawn. I’ll first need to pick up a pair of loppers because some trees have begun to grow where I need to mow. I’ll also need to get my hands on some additional tree stakes. We’ve got a lot of little seedlings out there and I don’t want to mow any more of them down.
To be continued.