Monday, January 25, 2010

It's Not Easy Being Green

It's not easy being green, seriously!  Gardening / Yard Care is a lot of work. 

As a new homeowner, I knew there would be a day when I would have to work in my yard.  (SCARY THOUGHT)

For those of you that know me, you understand my concern over this fact.  I have in NO WAY inherited my grandmothers green thumb.  Her ability to create lush, vast, gardens of oasis has obviously escaped me and I am only capable of creating dead, stinky, brown, broken down plants who beg to be put out of their misery.  I've killed cactus, aloe, and lucky bamboo (among other plants that require more ambition).  It's just a fact of life, I'm not good at keeping plants alive.

SO, my 'gardening history' has kept me in doubt about my ability to maintain this lawn.  That's why we paid a lawn guy to come and mow my yard and maintain my landscaping.  But when he mysteriously stopped showing up I knew I could only go so long before having to do something about it.  But then came winter and I knew with everyone's plants dying and turning brown around me, my yard could go a little longer without care. 

BUT THEN, we decided to host the superbowl party at my house.  This has given me good reason to worry about how my yard looks.  Nothing like public scrutiny to motivate.  :)  Plus I'm sure I'm only days away from a lovely letter from my home owners association.

So, I finally got ambitious and went to Lowes.  I planted new plants in my window boxes, cleaned out my flower beds, Round Up'd a million weeds, and even planted new flowers that will bloom in the spring.  Not only did it take me several hours, it was hard work.  But now I feel a sense of accomplishment, like I can take on the world (or maybe just my yard).  We will see how it turns out though.  It's always easy to start something new, but can I maintain it?  Time will tell.... stay tuned for up to the minute updates. (or how about in a few months?)

My Yard Before This Weekend:

My Yard After This Weekend:

*Pictures are not actual. In fact, the second one is grossly exaggerated but you get the point!.

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