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more than one, but the main one
If there's one thing I hate about being a homeowner, it's yard work. We spent almost three hours out in the yard this afternoon. There's been so much rain this year that our backyard is like a marsh, but D didn't want to wait any longer, because it's only going to get hotter, so we were out there, stepping out of our shoes and making "glppshfft" sucking sounds as we tried to get around in the mud. Plus, all that water means bugs. Gnats just swarming everywhere. The most useless, insidious bugs. We have a gnat problem about ten months out of the year. I hate them.

We worked on weeds, planted flowers, put out ten bags of mulch, trimmed the hedges, mowed the lawn....

D said that's it. We're done. Other than the occasional mow, we're not doing any other yard stuff this year. Get it all over with at once.

I swear, I don't understand how people can actually enjoy gardening.

Current Mood: exhausted exhausted
Current Music: brokenhearted in birmingham--ingram hill

7 pathetic excuses or justify your existence
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: April 7th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
What are you need are bats and goats. Bats for the gnats, goats for the shrubbery.

When I was out biking along our Bay Wetlands this morning I kept hitting clouds of gnats. Thankfully I learned long ago to keep my mouth shut while riding.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: April 8th, 2013 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure our HOA would love that.
serena_b From: serena_b Date: April 8th, 2013 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a lot of work but I like doing gardening. Not so much mowing the lawn, but digging around in the earth, the smell of dirt. Mmm. Maybe it's in my genes. My grandfather did landscaping for a living and had *the* most amazing gardens at his house.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: April 9th, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Where we live, we have this horrible hard clay that is a PITA to dig up. It's why we don't plant much, and why we basically stick to day lilies when we do, because they're all that will grow there. If you have nice soft earthy soil, I can see it maybe being nice to plant things.
serena_b From: serena_b Date: April 9th, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, well, soil does make all the difference. We had a small layer of ok dirt. It's also over clay, depending on the area, it doesn't take too long to hit it, sometimes about a foot, sometimes three or four feet. It's a softer red clay, but it's still a pain. I dug up a garden in my back yard next to my neighbor's fence, had to dig up the grass, weeds, and dig down and then put in some top soil that I'd bought at the store, just to make it able to grow things.
peacewish From: peacewish Date: April 9th, 2013 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
How I wish you could pipe some of that excess water to us in central Texas. Every day we stare morosely up into the sky, begging any cloud to spare a few drops for our parched, barren earth.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: April 9th, 2013 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome to it. Bring buckets and take all you can carry.
7 pathetic excuses or justify your existence