My whole life is a project

Well, here I go again. I've embarked on another (overly) ambitious project to try to give my wife something nice. This time it's the front yard and new landscaping.

This afternoon when I got home I began digging up all the plants in our front yard to install a new flower bed/plant area. It turned out to be a very physical project. Uprooting 10 year old shrubs turned out to be a little harder than I thought it would be, until Josh showed up.

Josh noticed my efforts on his way home from work and stopped by to snicker observe my progress. I think he was pretty impressed that my gray shirt was mostly drenched with sweat (which always looks cool on pro athletes). I explained I was cutting the roots with a root saw and then digging the plants out. That was, as I would soon learn, one way of getting the job done.

Josh talked me into trying a different tack and it saved me…oh…six hours. Instead of cutting & digging, we hooked the remaining shrubs up to his truck and ripped them out. Not only was it exceptionally efficient (and cool!), but it was quite a scene for the neighbors to enjoy. I think we can make some serious coin going door to door and uprooting plants with Josh's truck. We'll see.

When we finished, Josh helped me trim up my Charlie Brown Tree™. Later, I tore out most of the concrete walk. I'm seriously considering busting up all the concrete and replacing it with a brick paver to the front door. It would really match the house and look nice.

Tomorrow, after a trip to the dump with Josh (Hard hats rule!), I'm off to Lowe's to begin my landscaping. I think I'm going with edger blocks that match the brick to create a real nice plant bed. It's an edger block vs. retaining wall block debate at my house. Anyway, I rather suspect I'll decide to bust the concrete and put in matching brick pavers. I want to try to finish all that – along with the new topsoil & such tomorrow so that I can get everything planted on Sunday.

Knowing me, I'll still be at it come Wednesday. With a little luck, though, I just might finish this project this weekend. Wish me luck and keep the ER on speed dial.

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12 thoughts on “My whole life is a project”

  1. Maybe next time you'll listen to me when I say, "Wait until Josh gets home with the truck."

    Your Charlie Brown Tree looks really nice now!

  2. As you newbies will learn, certain shurbs will suck the moisture out from the foundation. Which will cause (or help to cause) issues.
    Best to consult those that are "In the know" before you plant something else.

  3. That's probably true. I didn't plant these shrubs, I just yanked them out. Then again, I don't remember mentioning what kind they were…. Hmmm. Maybe a shrub is a shrub is a shrub, eh?

  4. Wow, that was cool. I can feel the testosterone flowing just reading about it, and I think I muffled a grunt πŸ™‚ That's how us East Texas Boys get it done… there are a million and one uses for a chain, and a good tough bumper on a trusty truck.

  5. Wow, that was cool. I can feel the testosterone flowing just reading about it, and I think I muffled a grunt πŸ™‚ That's how us East Texas Boys get it done… there are a million and one uses for a chain, and a good tough bumper on a trusty truck.

  6. What did I tell you about sucking the moisture away from the foundation?! I've heard that's exactly what those holly bushes do. That's why I want mine gone!

  7. The solution to a dry foundation is a deep watering once every two weeks or so. No biggie. Since I don't have sprinklers (hmm…there's an easy project!) I have a soaker hose that runs the border of the house. Problem solved.

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