In addition to helping a friend with a sewing project on Friday (I cut and pin – I don’t sew), and painting and helping to power wash at my church on Saturday morning, I did a little bit of yard work this weekend
A friend had a tree-trimming truck load of wood chips dropped on her driveway last week, and after she moved all that she could use she discovered she still had plenty to share. Not being one to turn down anything free, and needing a huge amount of mulch for my yard (and who doesn’t this time of year) – I started hauling – in the sun and in the rain.
Now… like many gardeners who own cars and not the coveted mulch/compost hauling truck, I stuffed my car with containers to be loaded and unloaded and loaded and unloaded… with these wood chips. I have two 20″x28″x16″ containers. One in my trunk and one in my back seat. In addition, I used two metal trash cans. From Friday through Labor Day I made six trips to collect wood chips. By the time I finished my last trip back and unloaded all but one of the large containers (it’s still in my trunk) I was sore and tired and collapsed onto a chaise in my sun room and stayed there until it was time for bed. Picking up and moving a container full of wood chips can really strain muscles.
Anyway, my front garden is cleaned up (except for three tomato plants) and mulched for the winter.
My new garden in back is mulched.
I pulled weeds, and dug up day lilies and hauled wood chips to my “beach” area – an area where I can view my (any day now) pond. In addition, I hauled large rocks to the “beach” area. I think it really looks nice (but you may need to have known what it looked like before to truly appreciate it now.)
I also added wood chips to the area I recently cleared under a pine tree. I love the look of freshly chopped wood.
I still have wood chips in my car to unload and a few more trips to make to pick up more chips. But, I feel like I really labored this Labor day!