12 October 2010

The No-Plan Landscaping Plan

We're coming to terms with the fact that we have neither the time nor the energy to tackle the landscaping (which includes a sprinkler system, fence, driveway, and rainwater collection system) this fall. So we have a new plan: rye grass.

In these here parts, rye grass is often used to overseed yards when the full-time grass turns brown in the winter. I'm not sure how well it will take on our strip-mined yard,* but I'm sure our neighbors are beyond looking for perfection at this point.

So, in light of the revised plan, the short-term goals are to:
1. Finish removing and disposing of the construction silt fence. (We've pulled most of it out of the ground and have been cutting it apart to fit into our smallish garbage can to be taken away, bit by bit, each week.)
2. Pull the weeds in the front yard.
3. Seed the rye grass. (That's probably 3.1. 3 is actually to research the proper time to do that. All I know so far is that we need to use annual rye grass, not perennial, so it will take care of itself next spring.)
4. Deal with (plant, I suppose) the free trees that the city should be dropping off next month.

Number 4 is happening sooner than we'd like, but we don't control when they bring us the trees. (I already talked them into pushing back the delivery from last week and can't do any more than that.) Ideally, I'd like to get the sprinkler system installed before the trees go in (so we won't be digging up the yard after they've been planted), but that hinges on figuring out a landscaping plan so we know what kind of sprinklers to put where, and that's not likely to happen in the next six weeks.

The next phase of prep work, over the winter, will include (in no particular order):
1. Cutting and removing virtually all of the trees ("volunteers") that have taken up residence along the side and back property lines (so we can put in a new fence without obstacles).
2. Leveling and removing the dirt pile left over from construction (chalk that one up to a miscommunication while we were in Hawaii).
3. Pulling the weeds in the back yard.
4. Getting a landscaping plan down on paper so we can hit the ground running in the spring.

So that's the plan. If you're thinking that this amounts to a plan to push back the planning...well, you're right. That's what we're doing. Give us a break; we're still unpacking.

*Side note: the Chilean miners are being rescued tonight! I don't know what it is about that story that feels so good, but it really, really does.

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