Many aspects of yardwork can be termed
activities. Pulling such noxious weeds as dandelions is a no-win
situation. For every one you dig-up, at least two take it’s place.
Then you get out the weed-eater to trim around the house, trees, shrubs, etc,
but in two weeks, it looks like you haven’t weed-whacked in two months.
In mid-October, the leaves
turn colors and
are beautiful, but then they begin to fall until they’re all down by early
December. With nearly three acres of trees, there are literally tons of
leaves to rake. It is easily a month-long job at 40 hours a week to rake
them or drag them on a large sheet of plastic off into the woods or as an
alternative, burn them, which then sends smoke throughout the neighborhood
including into our house.
The yard is always full
of downed limbs or
neither of which are very good for the lawnmower blade. So I can’t begin
to cut the grass until the yard is cleared of all debris. Then there is
the hazard of bee stings. Last summer there were at least five of these
nests in the ground. Typically you don’t see them until you are
stung at least five times. These bees are very small, but their sting is
very painful and itches for at least two weeks.
Given all the above,
I still love yard work
and look forward to working in the great outdoors every spring, summer, and