We don’t have a huge yard—only about 1/3 of an acre—but in that small space we have many gardens. More than I prefer, but we inherited them from the previous owners and have spent the last 8 years slowly replacing gardens with grassy space for the kids to play.
All that garden space means there’s a lot to do in terms of winter preparation so the yard doesn’t look absolutely disastrous come spring.
We spent two full weekends in November attacking the outside To-Do list but we’re still not quite done. And we are clearly running out of time—once the snow falls, I think what’s done is done and what’s not isn’t happening.
Last month we cut down the tall native grass that forms a privacy wall along our back fence. We raked up at least 30 bags of leaves and brush. Spread 65 bags of mulch (sadly, though, we still need about 30 more). Spent hours and hours getting the yard in shape so that winter doesn’t create more of a mess than we started with.
Since we don’t have a truck to take yard debris to the dump or haul 50 bags of mulch home from Lowes, my in-laws came down helped us out. My father-in-law towed his trailer down behind his truck because we knew we had a lot of hauling to do. We got the trailer all loaded up with dump-bound items.
Matt and his dad had to take the tire off, bring it to the gas station, patch it/fill it, bring it back and put it back on the trailer, THEN they were able to go to the dump. So, you know, that was cool.
We have probably one more day of work to do to ensure the yard is really prepped. And we HAVE to get it done, because when we move we plan to rent the house and we’d really like the yard in the best possible shape when we leave to encourage renters to maintain it well.
So even though I know Winter is Coming, I need it to hold off a few more days while I get these last few bags of mulch spread.