It’s truly a double-edge sword, these early Spring-like days.
Yesterday and today were both beautiful, with temps quickly rising from the 30’s to the 70’s on Saturday and being mostly in the upper 60’s and low 70’s today. These are the kind of days when all you would like to do is hop on the tandem and go for a long ride, perhaps to a lunch stop and then enjoy a leisurely ride back home. Yes, that’s what you’d like to do, and then reality smacks you upside the head.
While we did get in a nice ride late yesterday afternoon and a somewhat short ride today, those were clearly NOT the rides we would have liked to have. Instead, the vast majority of my free time was spent being reminded of just how much of our free time is consumed by yard work during the spring, summer and fall.
The spring yard work actually started last weekend when I made the first two of three cuts across the thatch left behind when the Meyers Zoysia lawn in our back and side yard goes dormant each winter. The top and 2nd cut generated eight 30-gallon bags of mulch last weekend, and then another 8 bags yesterday as the mower was dropped to its lowest setting to essentially scalp the yard. Oh the joy, as this also signals the start of bi-weekly mowings and various chemical applications.
Today’s morning entertainment was burning-off the thatch left behind when the Bermuda lawn in our front yard goes dormant. This is apparently a Southern tradition that I felt compelled to adopt after attempting to scalp the lawn for the first time back in the Spring of 1993.
Yes, I’m aware of the environmental implications of this annual ritual… as well as the fire hazard. Thankfully, I was a volunteer fire-rescue geek in my youth and learned a thing or two about managing grass fires, back fires, and how to do a controlled burn.
Of course, the real thrill was finding several thousand acorns that had fallen into and been hidden by the thatch, many of which had recently gone to seed. So, after burning off the thatch came an hour of raking and scraping the hillside to rid it of what was nearly 60lbs of acorns once all was said and done. After that, it was another hour spent “vacuuming” the black ash and fully exposed thatch which filled another six 30-gallon bags with mulch.
On the bright side, this means the front & rear lawn will green-up within the next week, and that’s always nice after looking at a brown yard for the past four months.
Oh yeah, the joys of home ownership. We’re now thinking townhouse baby… if only the market would improve so we could unload this black hole of free time!!