The good weather came and went so quickly last year that we never used our patio furniture. We use solar lights around the yard to save electricity. Expecting better weather this year, I am considering Big Lots’ 72-count Village Green Solar LED Umbrella Lights. On sale for $20, they will add style and light to the patio table at night.
It is time to repaint the mailbox post. My “circle of life” needs new daffodil bulbs, and new rock around the area. I am using an old chain link gate from a previous fence to create a trellis for the climbing rose bush by the road. A can of Krylon indoor/outdoor gold spray paint from Michaels offers a festive look, while withstanding the weather.
Home Depot carries Vigoro Mountain Granite Rock in a .5 cubic foot bag. The crushed rock resists fading and blowing away, and does not attract ants. Each year’s yard work includes putting the rock along the walkway, as well as around the mailbox.
Adjustable hedge shears allow me to quickly trim the lilac bushes. The goats down the street like to gnaw on the bark. The juniper shrubs need thinned without interfering with the quail habitat. The goats look forward to this snack, also.
To the sideat the end of the walkway is a “Ceremonial Ring.” Some of the solar lights around and within it have died out. One unique light each year usually costs from $15 to $25. Repainting the ones that no longer work and placing them on the outside of the circle will brighten the area. Spring landscaping projects mandate the weeds from that area be removed. An Aloe Vera plant might be good to try in the desert soil.
Another yard project is to replant the area in front of the house with Iris and tulip bulbs. The nursery in town should have some soon. More spent energy is equal to more beauty created through pain. This year, I’m going to add a small fence that leans in towards the house. Hopefully, this will save the plants from the cats, dog, and family.
My favorite spring project is deciding where to plant the vegetable garden. Winter weeds are pulled and burned, since they are unappetizing to the goats. Broken limbs must be cut and stacked for firewood. The small ones are handled easily with the adjustable shears. Hubby enjoys using the chain saw to take care of the larger branches.
The final 2011 spring landscaping project will be creating a pet plantation for the cats and dog. God provides the sunshine; I’ll provide benches, plants, and artificial turf. I am considering setting it up in the pasture, since we won’t have livestock until the economy is better.
In addition to sources mentioned in this article, visit Lowes and WalMart for great bargains.