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Yardwork's not for me

March 28, 2012 - Kristy MacKaben
Yesterday I thought I was doing something great by spreading seven large bags of mulch in the front garden. I felt all proud of myself looking at the finished garden overflowing with cedar-red mulch. Unfortunately, our garden was only in need of two bags. Scott had bought seven bags to disperse around the entire house: front, back and both sides. Oops! I just have no clue when it comes to gardening. I love late April and early March when our tulips bloom so vibrantly with no help from me. Around mid May, the tulips have all shriveled and dried, and I have no idea how to beautify that section of the garden for the rest of the spring and summer. Bushes are the best for our yard because they require the least amount of work, and they look pretty great until winter. Even our house plants are lucky to survive a month. I sometimes forget to water them and I don't pay attention to how much sunlight they need. Last summer I mowed the lawn for the first time in my entire life because Scott hurt his back. Growing up my dad took such pride in his yardwork and he really wanted his daughters to share in the joy, but I never really got excited by digging in the dirt. I really like the idea of flowers, bushes, trees and green grass, but taking care of plants is not my forte. Luckily Scott loves to work in the yard, whether it's mowing the lawn, weeding or planting bushes and shrubs. At least we know our strengths and admit our limitations!


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