Finally the front yard got mowed and goodness the grass was tall. I emptied the grass clippings bag four times for a lawn that is not that big. I have one of those big 65 gallon trash bins and I estimate I filled it about 2/3’s full with just grass clippings. I did not anticipate how much faster the grass and other weeds/plants in the front yard would grow after the big tree was cut down. I cleaned up an cut back most of the growth but now I have much more new growth of my pine shrub, a volunteer tree and many weeds. While I anticipated cutting down the tree would change the front yard eco-system/climate. I did not anticipate the how fast I’d see the growth on many plants/weeds. I’m trying to catch up to the massive changes happening on the front yard and plant beds.
I have tested out the “blade cutters” with the Ryobi weed wacker on the weeds in the alley and the grape vines. You don’t want to use the blades around a tree, stone surface or fence but the blades do a good job cutting vines, thistle and “cheat” grass. The blades will send gravel flying and some woody stems might sting/cut you if you are in shorts. I think if you are wearing jeans or heavy cloth pants you would not suffer any minor injuries or notice what materials the blades “kick” up. For a $15.00 purchase I think the cost is okay for the Ryobi weed wacker.
I have started building the Garden Cart and so far so good. I’m not a carpenter by any stretch of the imagination but I have learned is dry fit every bit of wood before you screw and glue. It is also okay to make a mistake, that is how you learn. My “concept” is a small but deep soil bed planter that looks good and will fit on a balcony, on a patio next to BBQ or for a person with limited mobility to have a small “garden bed/planter box” of herbs, flowers or vegetables. Total dimensions of the box are 2 ft wide by 4 feet long and approx. 3 feet tall. The dirt will fill the box will be approx.12-18 inches deep. I’m using basic/cheap 2x4s for the legs, 1/2 inch plywood. My idea for this garden cart is it will be easy to move to a new location and for easy access/easy to work planter beds.
I’m going to paint the plywood with enamel paint to seal it against rot. I’m using cedar fence wood as the side panels and I think finding a window or chunk of glass to add on top of the little garden cart is possible in the future. Once I get the box finished I’ll post pics and you can start your own little garden box. Actually I’m sure many people have made the same sort of garden box, I just have not seen it explained/laid out.
At the end of the day you must do or do not, it is your choice. I can find all sorts of reasons not to do something, but I still have to cut the grass and weed the garden. Golly Jamie you don’t realize how oppressed you are by living in a state that grows food, meat and building products.
I’m trying not to install my small A/C units. I can live with it being up to 80 degrees F. indoors if I can use my window fans to drop the temp. at night. Adding vinyl siding and insulation the house holds heat/cold add more fans to save on electric costs.
You must save you/your family. You are on your own for survival. Get to thinking outside the box…