Saturday Ramblings

3.24.2012

Today was a beautiful day and we got quite a lot accomplished in the yard. We got the lawnmower back from the repair shop on Thursday, after they had it for two weeks, and the grass was finally cut late Thursday and early Friday morning. That was just the beginning of what needs to be done around here.


I sprayed two bottles of this on the front yard since we have the worse weeds in the sixteen years of living here. Fingers crossed it works. I have used it in the past and it does a pretty good job.



In the back I sprayed two bottles of this and ran out. It does not go as far as the image. This is not for centipede and we have who knows what in the back anymore besides weeds.

I used a heavy duty rake and pulled all these dead leaves and muck out of the pond. Be glad that you cannot smell this stuff. It is like raw sewage.

This side, too.

This is the maple tree helicopter things that have been falling all day and landed on the pond.

I cut back four of these large ornamental grasses with clippers. The new growth is already coming in.

I also trimmed some crepe mrytles and Mr. Savvy cut down all the very tall weeds and bush things coming up in the back yard around tree stumps and hauled all that off.
Tomorrow, if I am able to move, I will use this to haul off all that muck that I dug out.

I know the yard doesn't look so bad in these pictures, but that is because short weeds look a whole lot better than long ones. I should have taken pictures before we mowed. It was bad. Really bad.

The white blooms on the bush in the distance have come out more and more the last two days.

This is what I am striving for. This was taken in the summer of 2010. This is before we got a new roof.
No weeds hardly at all and nice healthy grass. We seriously may have to dig up and start over. I think we have serious centipede decline, as it is called. We will see how it looks in a couple of months. If we do, we will not plant centipede again. Probably will go with zoysia or bermuda.

This is what was rolling in. I sure hope it doesn't rain and water down the weed killer I sprayed today. That was a lot of hard work pulling that hose around the yard.
This chick isn't getting any younger, you know.

We will see if I can move tomorrow.
There is still so much to do. I need a several bales of pine straw to put out.

So what did you do today?

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50 comments:

  1. Your yard looks beautiful Kim- the pictures with your blooms in the background are so pretty!

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  2. You have such a gorgeous home and property. Your husband should be proud of you and all your hard work. How are you guys on mosquitoes? If we had that pond we'd be eaten alive up here. This is a night for a glass of wine, a hot bubble bath and Aleve...

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  3. Oh can I PLEASE be a flower in your garden.. :) Your place looks lovely. I hope your able to get rid of all your weeds.

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  4. Your yard is beautiful, Kim. I spent the day doing pretty much the same thing, but I love it.

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  5. Your yard does look good from the photos but I know that doesn't always show the worst that we see with our naked eyes. That pond looks like it was a big job all by itself! I know how bad it smells because we had a small one in one of our yards. We had goldfish and the darned raccoons
    kept fishing them out and eating them.

    I spent what free time I had today digging out some Easter stuff in case the kids pop by in the next few days. I didn't want to disappoint them. I am doing a post about the things I found to display in the next day or so.

    Hope you have a great night- Now get your butt into a hot tub and soak those aching muscles! xo Diana

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  6. We use Image too. We'll be doing more yard work tomorrow. Yours really looks great! I hope you dont have to start over with your grass. That's a job! Take some Advil & get some rest.

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  7. Kim, Your lawn looks beautiful, I am crazy about the pond.The hard work will pay off in a few weeks.You and hubby should treat yourselves to a nice dinner out. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Visiting with you via Ceekay's blog. You have a lovely home and yard. We recently downsized from a large home/yard but I can remember having the kind of workout you had today in the yard! Hopefully, you can take it easy tomorrow and just enjoy the sights and sounds of Spring.

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  9. We worked hard today like you. Tomorrow will be more of the same. My husband is at work on our pond and I've been pulling, clipping, raking, etc. Love it though!!

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  10. Your home and grounds are lovely. It's too early to do anything to our lawns up north just yet. Our yard looked like a scene from "The Birds" today. I hope the birds were eating seeds from my perennials and not some bugs infesting our lawn. Ewwww.

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  11. Such a beautiful home!! I need to figure out what to do about moss...it's overtaking our yard :(

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  12. We've been spending a lot of time in our yard too. We have the same problem with weeds but we have bermuda grass. My husband mixes weed killer he buys from a co-op. It's really strong but it works on our grass. If you have shade in the back zoysia would be great. Zoysia grows in the shade.

    Creeping Jenny (ground cover) would love the area around your pond. It's a beautiful charteuse and loves shade and being around water. It can grow in place of some of the grass in back if you wanted it to. You can also mow right over it. I just bought some at Home Depot. Do your research though because some people think it's invasive. I could ramble on and on about yard work I love it! Yours is beautiful! So much space to garden. I love the purple flowers!

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  13. Stopping by from Simply Klassic Sunday. Your yard looks good! We haven't done any raking or anything and I'm kind of ashamed. We have a huge maple in our yard too, and those helicopter things drive me absolutely batty! I've got to get out there and clear all that stuff out - you've inspired me!

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  14. If I had put in the kind of day you have I know for sure I wouldn't be able to move! So much to do...but your home and grounds are lovely. I don't think I have ever seen your garage doors. Right now I'm obsessed with them. I want new ones and yours are beautiful! Hope you have a whirlpool tub to soak in...take it easy.

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  15. Looks good Kim! I love the shots with the purple blooms in the background.

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  16. What a lovely yard, Kim; Hope you aren't too sore tomorrow. A day of killer yard work like that a few years ago is what sent us scurrying to this condo; I have plenty of flower beds to plant as I wish, but we don't have to do any of the 'heavy' work. Our 6 month old grandson came over and is spending the night. We spent the day doing lots of giggling and cuddling - a perfect day!

    Jan

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  17. your yard is so pretty! We still have hints of snow here and brown, ugly grass. Hubby just said maybe we should move south hehe

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  18. Hi Kim....we love our Zoysia grass...but it feels like little needles on your feet...I'm hoping it softens up in the summer....your purple plants in the front of the house are beautiful....Hope your having a good weekend...

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  19. It all looks really pretty but I know what you mean about the weeds, it must have been the drought and the lack of a winter, they are seriously taking over! As for what I did today, I was channeling you! I played with ASP paint all day, wish I could say I was done, it's a huge piece and will look amazing when I am done!

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  20. Your home and gardens are always so beautiful!!! My lawn has a lot of weeds also, was out digging some out this week....still too early up here to do anything else, the nights are still cold.

    When I was married and lived in the big house on 3 acres....with an apple orchard in the front yard....now that was a lot of work.....raking apples in the Fall was not fun!!! But I do miss the woods and stream that ran through....get into a hot tub!!!

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  21. What a beautiful yard you have! We have more weed and moss than grass, but it really isn't worth pulling up and replacing. It would just be the same in a few months.

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  22. I am stunned by the beauty of your home. Weeds or not weeds..it is simply gorgeous!

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  23. We have so much shade we have a mix of three grasses here and they still struggle to grow. I usually am thankful the the yard appears green from the road when I cut it. It is true a healthy lawn is the best defense against weeds. I am planning on taking the master gardening class next year to help me understand weed management better and lawn care. Nevertheless your yard looks lovely and remember all that work is very good exercise-that is what I tell myself over and over.

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  24. That is a lot of yard to take care of. Why not hire a yarn service to apply your pre emergent and fertilizer. Pre emergent will keep weeds from germinating and then you just spot treat the weeds that come up. We used to do our own but now hire it done and our yard is much smaller. No more buying, mixing, storing and breathing chemicals. Your yard and home are lovely. Bermuda grass is what we in Oklahoma use and it is quite drought tolerant.

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  25. Your home and yard are beautiful, Kim! I love the pond. We've had the same problem with weeds- our backyard is nothing but. I think it's the mild winter and early spring we've had. I hope you don't have too much soreness- I usually feel it the second day.

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  26. Ouch, I'm achy just reading about all the work you did, Your home and yard are beautiful. We have so many weeds this year, too. I wonder if it has to do with the mild winter we had. Hope you had a nice long soak in a hot tub.
    Hugs,
    Laura

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  27. Gorgeous yard...my hubby was working out in the yard till the storm came barreling through...me?..I just hung ferns on our back veranda...Not much work involved in that!

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  28. I planned to work in the yard ALL DAY, but it rained. Instead, I relaxed on my sofa and finished my book. Our yard looks horrible, btw:-)

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  29. O, gosh, I would take your beautiful yard with weeds and all. So pretty.

    We have more weeds than grass this year, I'm afraid. Since we are going on water rationing next month, there's not a lot I can do. I will be spraying weed killer, and I bought some grass seed last week. Hoping for a LOT of rain this summer.

    Your shrubs and flowers look amazing.

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  30. Kim...I hope you can move this morning! Gosh girl you did some serious work yesterday.
    But, it looks great, all that hard work pays off.
    I had to laugh when you talked about the smell from the pond..I can only imagine. LOL
    We have had alot of weeds early this year. I guess because we did not have a real cold winter..
    I love after a long day working in the yard to just sit on the patio and just enjoy it. Hope you are able to get out there and enjoy your Sunday admiring all your hard work, your home is beautiful,
    Melissa

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  31. Your yard and home look so beautiful! We will be working on our yard today but I'm afraid it will never look as beautiful as yours! LOL
    ~Des

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  32. Your home and yard do look beautiful..

    Looks like you worked hard yesterday! We had a garage sale, as you know. Today we are just hanging out.

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  33. Stately and beautiful and you are right, the house deserves a grass as beautiful as it is.

    And sorry if I laughed about 'if you can move tomorrow, and not being as young as you used too', but I resemble those comments myself. You are a better woman than I raking out the gunk from the pond.

    ~Bliss~

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  34. Your yard is so lovely! I hear you though on the clean up efforts. Ours is looking atrocious right now, and the clean up has started. I was on a weed killing rampage yesterday, and have pond cleanup to do as well - you are not alone! It's looking good though - you really have a beautiful property!

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  35. Your short weeds look fabulous! I have started killing out the fescue in the front yard to go w/ the Bermuda that is already growing in half of it, agree Bermuda is better. And I'm happy too that we couldn't smell what you raked out to the pond, haha... you have a very lovely home, and I love the pond.

    Cindy Sue

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  36. Boy! That was a lot of work you did! Your landscaping is sooo pretty! I have saved a photo of your front landscaping to use as inspiration for my own. Living in Kansas, I can't get a lot of those southern staples to grow. I would love to plant verbena like yours, but the rabbits would eat it to the ground. I know they are cute creatures but they eat everything I plant! Great work!

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  37. Beautiful yard! I can't imagine starting over! If the weeds are green and trimmed, no one will know! Secondly, I love all your technical terms! Helicopter thingies? Very good! At least we can all understand. And I always though centipede was a poisonous bug! We had them in Bermuda, when I lived there as a kid. The purple flowering plant is gorgeous! We are getting all the rain now, that we didn't get during the winter. Sick. Of. It!

    Hope you're feeling good today, after all that hard work!

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  38. You will have your lawn looking good in no time Kim. You have a lot of work there!

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  39. You have a gorgeous home!

    Carolyn
    {my simple messterpiece}

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  40. Your home and gardens look gorgeous in the photos, but I know it can be so frustrating when weeds take over! We are having the same issue on our yard. I just said to my husband, that I think we may need to rip it out and start over.
    You did a HUGE amount of work! I say, take it easy today! The wheelbarrow will still be there tomorrow! ;-)
    xo-Lisa

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  41. Hey Kim, we live in South Texas. We never got a hard freeze this year either, and we had a drought for the last two years followed up by a wet Fall and Winter. So weeds are ridiculous this year. You might want to try a Crab grass preventer. If you read the label it says it also prevents other weeds too. The nursery here recommended it. Its kind of like Preen for your lawn (if your familiar with that Product.. I use it in my beds) Anyways.. it keeps any weed seeds in your lawn currently in there from germinating.. so RIGHT NOW is the time to get it on. We found it at Home Depot. Scotts had one and so did Vigaro. Our half acre yard used a little over one bag and it was cheap too.
    Hope this helps

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  42. Oh.. just read the comments and Nanci recommended the same thing. Pre emergent. :)

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  43. Hey Kim, you sure got a lot of spring cleaning done in the yard. It really looks good too. I can't believe your verbena. My looked like yours last year but it's slow coming back this year. Hope your not to sore today!

    ~Emily

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  44. Your yard is beautiful, as is the exterior of your home. Sounds like you and your husband have been working hard, especially with the pond clean up. As you know, it will be all worth it. By the way, the purple flowering plants in the beds at the front of your home are gorgeous.

    Lori

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  45. What an absolutely gorgeous place you have! I'm sure it DOES take a great deal of work to keep it looking that way. don't know where to enter the Kirkland's giveaway but would like to win it. Have a happy day. Cashel1916@yahoo.com

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  46. Well, yesterday we went to a party for a 10 year old. It was alot of fun. Today I PURGED 2 of my closets of my clothes.!!! We are MOVING, and I have got to get rid of some clothes. They have been living in 4, yes 4 closets, I will not have that much space in the new house. But someone told me about a girl who needs clothes so I am giving them all to her. That feels better than Goodwill. Hope your Sunday was good. Your home and yard is GORGEOUS, Kim. XO, Pinky

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  47. Oh my...I am living the same thing here! So much work needs to be done early on! But you'll get it looking good in no time! I can't wait to see some more picks! Can you plant water hyacinth in your pond? It's so beautiful.
    Lorraine

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  48. Why are you spraying ANYTHING on the lawn? Get a spreader and put down weed/feed/bug killer. Better yet, with the size of your yard, hired a one-time lawn contractor to come out and do it. Save your muscles and spend under $100 for the job 2x a year. The rest of the time, once you get the issues under control again, you can do it yourself. Judging from what you wrote, you haven't been doing so great at it, so spend a few $$ and get some results and save yourself a lot of headaches.

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  49. I always love seeing the outside of your home Kim. It is sooo peaceful and pretty. I know exactly what you are talking about with the helicopter things falling. I have not seen any in years but can remember them from back when we lived in Ga. Working on flowers here at our home.

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  50. I'm not gonna lie. I the photo from 2010 took my breath away. What an incredibly beautiful home and immaculate landscaping.

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