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Cleaning up the garden

Aka, I just got an electric chipper-shredder on Craigslist. My piles of brush? Slowly turning into lovely, lovely mulch. Next time, earplugs. And possibly a slightly warmer day. Of course, once I get through my obvious piles, I need to remember where else I stashed brush and replace it with the newly created mulch!

Also, this might be the time of year to attack tree or bush-like things which are poorly placed or weeds. I can get to them right now! Well, except the one which seems to be growing out of our rock pile water feature. Roots are hard to get to, there.

Waaay too much fun shredding spiky plants I pulled last year. 'You wanna keep stabbing me? I keeeeell you!'

Did first pass at clearing out extraneous rotting plant debris from pond. It is far too dark in there for the current temperatures! I forgot to trim off dead plant material from the pond plants in the fall, you see. That still is pending, because it was too darned cold to do much with the pond. We did lose a few of our babies from last year, which was expected and likely necessary. (If it's very cold and they didn't get big enough soon enough, they tend to not survive the winter)

When they start coming up, going to start attacking our excess hardy white geranium species plant, because it spreads like crazy (into our lawn and my garden bed) and isn't pretty enough for me to be willing to tolerate the upkeep. The wisterias and the trumpet vine are both pretty and insanely difficult to remove and replace with better behaved equivalents. Also, galeneia really likes wisteria. If it didn't try to take over the world on a regular basis, it would be much better, though.

There's some crocuses up. I worry that our snowdrops didn't make it this year, since I never saw them. The white/green hellebore is also up, and the other (purple, I think) is budding. Lots of bits of green from bulb plants. :)



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Mar. 14th, 2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
Waaay too much fun shredding spiky plants I pulled last year. 'You wanna keep stabbing me? I keeeeell you!'

::love:: ;-)

Our croci are coming up here and it's a joy to behold. Now if only it would stop snow-squalling...
Mar. 15th, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
*grin* So much mulch to make and then use! *glee*

snow-squalling is, indeed, annoying!
Mar. 15th, 2013 03:32 am (UTC)

Is the hori-hori helping?

I want a demo of the chipper at some point...

There're more twigs in the front bed, tucked around various plants.
Mar. 15th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
The hori-hori is _great_ for the herbacious weeds (which die back to the ground) like the damn sweet pea. It's less helpful for others. And at least some of the things I want to try to remove are woody plants of some sort.

Demo: of course! There will be brush for the near future. ;)

Twigs: There's a bunch in the front bed both that you can and cannot see. I'm not sure where else. I've pulled out a bunch that were scattered around the part of the year near the shed, so far.
Mar. 15th, 2013 05:22 am (UTC)
I am somewhat impressed an electric chipper/shredder was sufficient, but my mental image of what you are dealing with may have no relation to reality. In any case, YAY!
Mar. 15th, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
Well, as long as an individual branch isn't thicker than 1.5 inches, it can cope.

I do wonder if I might want to sharpen the blade, though. I'm not precisely kind to it!
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