I started to cut back what I call the holly but I don’t think it is a true holly. It grows very tall if you don’t keep up with it. This “holly” will spread but it is a slow process. It is very pretty with year round glossy green leaves and berries that start green and purple up as they ripen. The leaves have some spines on the end and it makes a very dense hedge row that offers privacy and a very good wind break. Little birds love the hedge in spring time as they are very protected by the hedge. I think this plant is what is called an Oregon grape.
I started cutting back some of the hedge that overhangs part of the front lawn and interferes with using a gate with it’s point leaves. There are a lot of dead leaves under the hedge that also need to be cleaned out. I think this hedge is shading and absorbing all the soil nutrients/water and that is causing the grass to die in this one area. I used the long handle loppers and a battery powered chainsaw to cut back some of the trunks that were 12-16 feet tall and cleaned out all the old dead leaves i could reach with my rakes.
In this area of the lawn I dethatched, scratched up the soil and added some grass seed along with a tin layer of soil on top of the grass seed. The soil mix I used was Earthgro top soil and compost and I would NOT recommend buying these item as both are filled with chunks of wood and very little of it looks like soil or ordinary dirt. I added some dirt from the area around my compost pile and that dirt looked 100% better than the Earthgro. I also used this dirt mix to start filling some holes/low areas in my lawn. I have twisted my ankles a few times on these little holes that appear in lawn over time. As I work on the lawn I’m keeping a bucket’s worth of dirt to fill these little holes you can’t see but are just enough to cause a twisted ankle. Last step of planting grass seed is keeping the area very wet so the see sprouts. I find a fall planting of grass seed works about 50% better than planting in the spring. I also have 2 weeks of irrigation water left and that is enough time to get the grass seed started.
Boomer the dog had a small foot injury. I’m guessing he caught a toe or a nail and got a split/cut between the toes. It did not look to bad and the doggo did not limp or show any pain but it seemed to take a long time to heal and I did not have much animal 1st aid items on hand for this injury. I have let my animal 1st aid items fall to a low level of preparedness. I need to buy a couple of those cones that fit the doggo and the cats. It does no good to bandage an injury if the pet will chew the bandage loose in a couple of minutes. Vetricyn has very good products for treating/cleaning eyes and ears. Zymox ear cleaner and ear solution works great for dogs that have floppy ears and are prone to ear infections. This is a Humane 1st aid product Band-Aid’s Anti-viral/bacterial with “no-hurt” bottles works great for humans and pets. I have had good luck using colloidal silver as general anti-bacterial/antiviral with animals by adding it to pet food.
This shopping list is not going to make you a Veterinarian but I think if you have animals you should have pet specific 1st aid items to treat small injuries. Adding other animal based penicillin drugs is on you. I just found I was not as prepared for a minor pet injury as I thought. Heck I still paying off a pet bill for a cat that had a urinary tract infection. I don’t think I can buy the supplies or the knowledge to handle that sort of health issue. I can buy a UTI dry cat food and add litter boxes and water dishes.
I’m probably a good prepper considering my income but I also have been prepping for many years, literally a decade and I still make mistakes about not replacing items or doing first in/first out or thinking something is good to go so I don’t have to think about that thing again. Then you go to your preps and that thing is not there and you did not replace it. It happens bought some salami on sale and the vacuum bag seal broke open and freezer burnt. Mistakes will happen and learn from them and don’t beat yourself up about making mistakes. Making mistakes is your tuition fee. Some of those classes cost a lot, but if you learn from it it is not wasted money or product.
I think the the worse thing I see is people that start to prep and then give up because they make mistakes or they don’t think they can do certain things because of time, money or other factors. Making mistakes is good. Don’t go a screw up on purpose but any one that has grown a garden knows they are beholden to the weather. You can do every thing right and one hail/windstorm or early/late frost can destroy your crop. Growing a garden is not easy or simple it takes a lot of effort and even if you do everything “right” the garden can fail in bad weather. Buy from the local farmers market and try to mitigate what ever made the garden fail. It does no good to beat yourself up as a failure because the weather was wonky. There is always the next year’s garden to try again.
My garden was a bit of a bust due to weather and neglect on my part of not working in it because of my health issues. But I have built great soil in my beds. I’m moving beds around and started growing root crops. It does not mater if the crop failed I am learning. My compost pile is doing great this year and I may not have to buy compost. Claim those victories and them build on them don’t focus on what didn’t work. Focus on what did work this year!