Clean up: south yard, mulching second bed

Today, we got the second area in the south yard mulched with wood chips. It’s not as long as the first one done, so it was faster.

It was also faster because I changed equipment.

Among the things that disappeared from here before we moved in were things like shovels and spades – the stuff that didn’t get taken are almost all broken in some way. Yesterday, we made do with snow shovels to load up the wheel barrows. It was a pain in the butt, but they did the job.

Today, I dug out a spade I’d found last year. It’s broken, of course, but just the handle on the top. I was able to use the sleeve of my sweatshirt to protect my hand while using it, and things went much easier.

Here is how the bed looked before.

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This is the largest of my mother’s white lilacs, at the West end of the bed, and where I cleaned out a big pile of horse droppings in between all those stems. I’ve never been able to figure out how that happened. I just can’t see a horse backing its hind end right into the bush and taking a dump. πŸ˜€

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This is where we had cleared out the remains of some fencing that had been used as a trellis for vines. I’m guessing this was done before my mother discovered that Virginia creeper is so invasive! Hopefully, the mulch will prevent it from growing back.

The dirt patch by the tire around the tree is a favourite place for the outside cats to roll around. πŸ˜€

Here is how it looks now.

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Alas, the cats have lost their rolling spot. πŸ˜‰

A lot of the wood chips were used for this, but there is more left than I expected.

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I’m debating whether to use it on a nearby flower bed, or just spread it all out, right where it is.

For the amount that’s there, I’m leaning towards spreading it out where it is.

While doing my rounds this morning, I took some pictures at the logs from the two maples that were taken down. Check this out.

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You can see how the ant-damaged, rotten core is slightly pushed in. I was curious to see just how loose it was.

The answer is:

Completely.

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There were a couple of pieces like this, where I could pull the core right out!

Have I mentioned what a relief it is to finally have these trees down?

The Re-Farmer

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