Our backyard looked pretty sad this summer. I didn't have the money to do some of the major projects that had been mentally earmarked to be completed. The stone seating area that was to encircle a huge maple tree will need to wait until next spring. The additional patio space didn't get installed either. I'm still hopeful that I will find the time, money and appropriate weather to paint the outdoor fireplace this fall.
We did manage to get two gardening spaces prepared last spring. We were able to put up some tomatoes, broccoli, herbs, green beans and onions.
We ate tons for fresh peppers, lettuce, radishes, beets, and peas. The other large project that we accomplished was to haul in three trailers full of compost. It was back-breaking work, but well worth the effort.
This afternoon, Steve raked the soil out for the final time and planted shade, high-traffic grass seeds. Joe watered the seeds well and I'm hopeful that we will have grass later this fall. I find patches of bare dirt in the middle of lawns depressing. You would think that I would be used to it by now, but it still remains a constant battle to have a thick lawn.
The city is supposed to cut down two of our smaller trees and trim the branches on one of our 150 year old maple trees. The tree trimming truck came through last week and cut two branches off of one of the smaller trees. I'm hoping that they will return soon to finish the job, before all the leaves fall. Our leaves are already changing colors and we have a light dusting of covering all the grass.
It will be interesting to see if we can find enough time to keep up with the fallen leaves this year. Last fall, we took a few days off of school and dealt with blowing and raking.