Saturday, October 22, 2016

And Here We Are

     It's chilly, the lawn is covered in wet leaves, I'm almost out of brown-paper leaf bags and there's plenty else to do. Including the gutters, also covered in wet leaves -- as is the roof, so I'll be working the gutters from a ladder instead of the quicker way from the steeply-pitched roof.

     On the up side, it's supposed to be sunny today.

     Next life, conifers.


Randy GC said...

Neighbor has conifers. Which is why the half of my driveway next to the fence is covered in a carpet of small brown needles that are harder to rake than leaves. (I'm thinking pressure washer?)

The tree output is always easier to rake on the other side of the fence.

Anonymous said...

"Next life, conifers."

Pine needles will turn the soil acidic, when that happens, grasses tend to avoid it.

An all-conifer yard is about as low maintenance a yard as you will ever get... :)

B said...

Yeah, conifers aren't all that either. They clog drains, gutters, and the air intakes.

Acidify the soil badly (no grass to mow, but then erosion and mud)

Trust me, 'Pines and conifers aren't the answer.

fillyjonk said...

Gravel. Lay down gravel in the whole damn yard. But first, nuke everything with herbicide or else lay down some kind of plant-proof textile on the soil surface.

(I'm having to deal with cutting out all the #*(#*& brush that finds its way into my backyard. The thing I hate MOST about the South is that it's impossible to take a break from de-weeding things.)

And yeah, I'm one city complaint about "untrimmed shrubs" away from going the gravel route myself. Wonder what they'd say then?

Anonymous said...

The problem with gravel yards is the wind.

"Huh?" You say...

You see, one thing gravel has in abundance is nooks-n-crannies.

Makes for wonderful hidey-holes for wind-born dust and dirt to accumulate.

And when it accumulates, opportunist plant life moves in.

Leaving you with Yard 2.0...