I hate yard work. With a passion. Do you see that carpet of LEAFS?!
We have 2 monster trees in the back that shed like Snuffleupagus in spring time.
Well folks, it’s spring time. We had an insane Utah winter this year, and unfortunately we were unable to rake the leafs before it snowed. And the snow barely finally decided it was done… for now. So we spent FOUR HOURS raking on Saturday.
For you new readers, here’s the TLDR version of our yard: House was owned by the Salvation Army, no one lived in it, and the yard went to crap. This is only our second spring working on the yard. Last year’s focus was just on cleaning it up. Yes… it was worse than you are seeing now.
I hate yard work. Hate it. Hate it. Hate it. Get me inside with a paint brush, and I’m good. I love spending time outside, but I don’t particularly love weeding. Mowing the yard is fine. But anything past that is torturous.
This is where we got, after our 4 hour raking session. Here is what we have to do this summer:
-Pay $2000 to have the trees professionally removed. They are a hazard to us and our neighbors. And have murdered the fence. Hence, the ghetto patches.
-After the trees are removed, rebuild the fence/retaining wall. The fence is 20+ years old. There are holes and lose slots. We have patched them with our left over closet doors and corrugated metal. #classy There is also no retaining wall, and our lot is grated. When it rains, the dirt gets pushed against the fence, which is why it’s weak.
-Re-seed the grass. It’s patchy. And sucky. (You can see how the trees have messed up the fence situation.)
-We are also in need of a roof and new gutter.
We worked really hard last year to get to this point so we could do these things this year. I’m dreading it. But it will be great when it’s done. I think.
Basically all you should get from this post is, home ownership is a LOT of work (not complaining) and this summer we’re going to spend a lot of money and time on stuff that I don’t really want to spend money and time on. I know my parents are laughing. I can hear it in my head as I write this.
At lease we have our little patio we can enjoy.
I need to repaint the stairs. I was dumb and didn’t seal it last year, so the winter was unkind to the steps. I’ll make sure to seal it this time.
And of course, all the millions of leafs wouldn’t fit in our green garbage can, so we have to ration them out a little at a time on garbage day for the next couple of weeks.
Please don’t judge our backyard! I have complete respect for people with manicured yards. It’s HARD WORK. We’re trying really really hard to bring it back to life and make it beautiful. Hopefully we make okay progress this summer. It’s easy to be intimidated by a trashed yard. But was it not I who said, “challenge accepted” after viewing this house during our house hunt? Here’s to the summer of sweat and sunburns.