Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Dirty Details Revisited

Guess who spent all of Memorial Day weekend working in the yard?

If you guessed the Mommy Machine, you'd be wrong. What good are husbands if not for shoveling, hauling, and raking out topsoil?! I must admit he did a beautiful job on this patch of formerly ugly, grassless ground. (It's still grassless, but at least it now is seeded, fertilized, and ready to sprout in 7–10 days!)

We have a difficult choice ahead of us regarding which evergreens to plant along this stretch. Do we head out to the back of our property and transplant some baby spruce?(Cons: labor intensive, no guarantee that they'll make it through next winter, high risk of spindliness. Pros: free.)

Or do we head over to our local nursery and purchase the trees? (Pros: nice tree shape, one-year guarantee, my back can handle lifting them out of the truck and dropping them in the ground. Cons: expensive.)

I'm leaning toward the free option, but my husband keeps reminding me that our trees won't serve their purpose, which is to provide a natural sight barrier. Their sparce branches won't offer much privacy. He wants to go with a row of hardy junipers. So I'm thinking a compromise: alternate spruce with juniper. Stayed tuned for the thrilling conclusion.

Dinner last night: Memorial Day barbecue (cheeseburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, watermelon)


Kim said...

I am really enjoying your blog.

I am Sabrina's cousin-in-law, I found you through her blog.

I say go for the nursery trees. But of course I kill everything I plant, so the warranty would be my draw.

Kim said...

I'm outnumbered 2 to 1! And now I'm off to check out your blog . . .