Ass: Kicked

Update on Operation: Kick the Yard’s Ass.

It has been sufficiently kicked.

However, we cannot take all the credit.

While we DID work nonstop on the yard, every night, for weeks, and we trimmed, and we chopped, and we pulled, and we dug… We just started to run out of time. We wanted ALL the things we despised gone before our housewarming, and needed the clean-up finished so we could stay on schedule for mulching and planting this fall before the winter rain comes.

So there’s our excuse — our excuse for bringing in Marlene’s brother, Michael (a professional arborist), and two super sweet powerhouse gardeners who work on Michael’s crew to help us. In one day — ONE DAY — all the annoying tasks we were struggling to finish were done.

REALLY done.

Not to mention, all the heaps of debris we’ve been generating over the summer and trying to shuffle out in our meager municipal compost bin while sloooooowly cooking our own compost in our yard bin… GONE. Hauled away. I mean, there’s only so fast you can make compost, and there’s only so many weeks in a year for municipal pickup. And that vine monster Trent murdered made a LOT OF CRAP FOR THE COMPOST BIN.

In short?

Ass: kicked.

Our new patio furniture.

Admiring our new deck setup on a rare foggy morning. Note, however, that we’re miraculously in sun. Always sunny in 94619!

View of our yard.

West side of the yard: HOW’S THAT FOR WEEDED? And look at that grapevine go!

View of our yard.

Southwest corner of the yard. Soon, that tree will drop 4,000 figs. Yes.

View of our yard.

Firepit and raised lawn. Still need to rebuild that stonework and resod that grass. But hey — that’s what October is for. Wouldn’t want to be BORED, would we?

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9 thoughts on “Ass: Kicked

  1. If you want help planting a perennial food forest in that bare soil, let me know. I’m managing a 5,000 sq foot permaculture garden on potrero hill and thinking about starting a design firm over here with a chilean architect friend of mine, and we’re looking for projects!

  2. You know… hops grow really well in sunlight.

    Just sayin’.

  3. Viola Pastuszyn says:

    Damn. You’ve got your own PARK. 🙂

  4. Marlene says:

    It is a park, Vi. Bigger than the park in the Mission where I used to take Olive.
    Looks good.

  5. Margaret Wisniewski says:

    The grandparents and I are sitting here and marveling at it!!! And in only ONE DAY!!! Now wasn’t that worth every penny? And you got rid of all that compost too! You would have been composting for decades at that rate. I cannot wait to get there and experience the ambience. I am sure I will not want to go back to Detroit, ever. Love, Mom

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