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desdamona in Apple Valley is doing 42 things including…

landscape my yard

3 cheers


desdamona has written 15 entries about this goal


I am making good progress.I chose an area surrounding the above ground pool to start. I planted about 500 bulbs and then some nice native desert plants. I have been working about 10 hours every weekend on just keeping up! I made a brick pathway out of used red bricks that I found all over the property that leads to the pool. I used the old concrete from the demolished patio to surroung most of the pool. And this weekend, I finally installed some drip irrigation. It is totally flawed, but I finally understand the problems and may be able to fix it little by little after work. The timing system from Costco was about 40 bucks but WAY too complicated. It is going to take some major trial and error to get things all lined up. But compared to last year- The Eden project is well underway!!!!

More progress

Lots more plants are in. A worker came and cut out four more tree trunks and planted new trees in the front side yard. They are tiny but look great. I spent 89.00 Lowe's getting every possible gopher remedy for the back yard around the above ground pool. The worker will be back tomorrow while I am work to finish up digging a trench to block the gophers. It is now called the Eden Project. It is really going to be great in five years or so. ( An acre and half)

One year later!

Grad school is over and so the landscaping begins anew. I live in the desert and so if I would forget to water the pretty area my daughter in law and I planted things died. The frost took most of the ground cover, but the salvia and sage survived. Lessons learned. I am just starting over with everything again. Today, I watered the new plantings in the back yard. Laid some saltillo tile in the middle of the pathway leading to the above ground pool. The goal is to reuse stuff that I have, repurpose etc. Try not to fill up the city dump too fast. I filled up the flat bed with trash today. I went to home depot and bought some new tires for my wheelbarrel. I raked up an area along the pathway, and began digging two foot deep trench to go around the above ground pool, plants and pathways. The trench will get some tight chicken wire, castor beans, mole poison, traps and whatever else I can think of to keep the damn things from eating all my bulbs, digging trenches under the pool etc. I HATE them

Woo Hoo!

Okay, some things I just couldn’t do on my own in my lifetime. So, daughter in law and I worked for days in a small area on the side of the house. We cleared up weeds. Dug out at least a foot trying to get rid of crab grass. We bought a some native plants-Texas Sage, Salvia, creeping Jenny, Red apple, and some cute succulent ground cover with a name that escapes me. We hired a worker to dig out some stumps, wheel barrel 10 cubic yards of dirt out of an area, so we could put rocks to park an extra car. He cut down all the remaining tress, bucked them and took them to the back yard to dry so we can burn them soon.
I can’t wait to post some pictures! It really looks cute! A small area, a few hundred bucks, but it looks so much better!

Two more trees felled!

Oh, yeah! Progress is very slow but steady. It takes days to burn them. One more big tree in front and then on to the backyard! Will have to wait for electric company to decide which trees they will take down.

Can’t decide which step to take next. Begin the patio cover? Or get the yard graded and pathways cut in? hmmmm.

Burn Baby Burn

Daughter in law and I were up early to see my son off to work and get the fires started. We called in for permission to burn and started the long ( two or three hours) process of throwing cut branches and raked leaves into two very large fires.

I took the second chain saw back to home depot because the second one stopped working for the same reason as the first, a little lock washer vibrates loose every few moments. I got another new electric one. At this rate, we will never need to sharpen or replace blades.

Lots of stuff was finished today. Outside, but we are no ready for the big garage sale to be held on Saturday to get rid of more stuff!

More pictures of progress to come.

Chain saw didn't

Uh! Damn thing won’t work anymore-the chain no longer tightens properly. So back to home depot to get another one…bigger and better…more power !

And the good news is that the electric company may come and chop down many of the larger trees for free as part of the bark beetle infestation control program.

I have learned new and exciting terms-felling, and bucking. I would rather buck than fell. Bucking is one of my favorite things. It is important to keep in mind safe bucking. Well, it is never completely safe…safer bucking means using protection.

Blisters prove progress

We have had our 17th straight day with temperatures over 100 degrees. I still felt energetic enough today to get started early. I made it to Home Depot bright and early to buy an electric chain saw that I think I will be able to handle on my own. Came home, leaving it in the box and grabbed the reciprical saw and put one of the five new UGLY blades I got for it and started cutting down branches of the pines that line the east property line. My son got up and told me that in order to use the new chain saw, I had to buy some oil. So off again to WalMart to get oil and now it is 11 am and well over 100 degrees.
But we soldiered on. We cut a major branches and one fell on the neighbors fence and he came out quickly to help us muscle it over, We worked forever on one very large thick pine that way leaning naturally to neighbors yard and relied on muscle to pull the tree over to our side. Every muscle in my body hurts from pulling with all my might to fell that tree.
Then spent a good long while, with son using chain saw and me using the sawsall saw to cut the branches into little pieces for later burning.
And my amazing son used a metal detector to find a long lost bib buried accidentally by a tractor guy last year. And that is going to save us so much work and time.
If my back holds out…I will be up early and chop more branches. I think that there must be about 15 trees that need to come down. All of them at least twice the height of my ranch style home.
Sadly, it has been so hot, that despite daily watering, the new baby pines ( only two) died. I won’t buy anymore until the old ones are down and ground is prepared for new plantings.

Special Favors

Great News! My across the street neighbor fixed the rototiller!!! Hoo Ray! Now, the damn thing is too jiggy for me to use anyway, so I will have to get my son busy with it. But a good step in the right direction.

I tried to use my platinum home design program to draw out the property line, but my laptop is not something enough for the damn program. My mom says that I can use hers. How about some plain graph paper? I had it all drawn out before, but can’t remember where I put it all.

Since my baby boy will be home on leave for the next two weeks from Afghanistan, I doubt much will be accomplished. Just eating and celebrating!


Got up fairly early and cut as many branches as I could reach with the reciprical saw and the new “ugly” blade that cut like butter. Eventually, I had to call for my son to get the higher branches. He cut a lot down and then into firewood logs and a lot to the pile of stuff to be burned. Too much trouble to chop this all up for compost and those damn bark beetles had drilled a zillion holes in those pines- Cypress, I think.
The rototiller is not running smoothly and is making me really, really angry and frustrated. There is NO money right now for plants, so progress can only be made in the clearing and cleaning area. With just over an acre and one half that has been mostly untended, there is lots to do.
Still working on taking pictures of everything.

desdamona has gotten 3 cheers on this goal.


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