Focusing on the front yard


It’s a nice day today.  Not too hot. Not too cold. No wind.  I think it is a good day to work on my goal number one – fixing up my front garden and lawn.  

I think today I will start on the lawn.  It’s a quick win and  I can knock the whole project off in one morning.  (or maybe a day and a half  because I’m now distracted and blogging.)  

I have already given the lawn a good raking   (yay me!)

Still to do:

  • Buy and apply spring lawn fertilizer
  • Buy some good soil additive such as triple mix to dress lawn where no grass grows now
  • Buy and apply an over seeding of grass seed

OK …. I’m off to the garden centre. 

Maybe while I’m there, I should pick up some soil improvement stuff for the front bed.  I won’t put those in today (maybe tomorrow) but at least they will be on site and ready to go.

I need:

  • Couple of bags of peat moss – (the soil is so sandy here. It needs something to retain moisture)
  • Couple of bags of triple mix or some sort of soil enrichment additive (again – with sandy soil the nutrients are quickly flushed away when it rains. You must add in compost and oxygen and try to change the structure)
  • Couple of bags of sheep manure – (someone told me once sheep is better than cow.  I have no idea if this is correct.  Does anyone know for sure?)

This is a picture of my house now since we pulled out the old over-grown foundation plants.  (Gross, I know)

I particularly hate the rail way ties that  run stiffly out straight from the porch to the road, flanking the front walk.  I hate stiff boxed in beds.  I would like to pull those ties out (eventually), but I think it is best to wait and see what plants come up – then transplant them to a new home – then remove the garden and re-sod.

We hired Glenn Guernsey from Black River Tree Service to take out the old foundation plants.  

 

Oh dear,  where has the day gone.  I must get off this thing and get to work…….. Off to the gardening centre!!!!   weeeeeee……

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About westlakemusings

In 2013 my husband and I retired. We bought an old pre-confederation house out in the country. This blog is about our new world in the country as we explore all of life's possibilities.
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