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Your 8th Annual SNE Lawn Thread

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4 minutes ago, Ginx snewx said:

Actually to me yard work is not a waste of time, kind of enjoy being outside ,getting some physical activity and doing things. Believe my yard is a disaster because of clay soils but I try to at least keep it up, sort of a hobby. I can totally see where Kevin is coming from. I would rather be home outside in the woods with the quiet than either inside or near crowds, just me I guess. If its not mowing, trimming, pool care, it's in the woods trimming dead branches but being outside is who I am.

I agree, I like a tidy yard and enjoy the time outside mowing, trimming, watering, weeding, whatever needs to be done but weekly bush trimming is a bit much IMO.

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It just seems like overkill. A half hour routine is one thing. But you add it on top of weekly mowing and another dozen things that he probably does, that others do seasonally, and now you're talking hours and hours of chores you feel obligated to do because you're OCD.

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10 minutes ago, IrishRob17 said:

I agree, I like a tidy yard and enjoy the time outside mowing, trimming, watering, weeding, whatever needs to be done but weekly bush trimming is a bit much IMO.

I don't like an overgrown look. It looks awful when you see bushes, branches all sprouting up in front of homes, decks, walks etc. Things grow at a tremendous rate during the summer. It's not time consuming or a big deal or OCD to keep up with things each week. In fact it's probably more time consuming spending the weekend doing it once a summer. Not to mention how unkempt things look . No thanks  

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2 minutes ago, Baroclinic Zone said:

I would love to have 3-5 hrs a week to do yard work.

On a typical summer yard work evening.. I trim the bushes, then weed whack, then mow with the tractor, then leaf blow walk, deck, driveway. That whole process takes about 3 hours. It's nothing 

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Just now, Damage In Tolland said:

On a typical summer yard work evening.. I trim the bushes, then weed whack, then mow with the tractor, then leaf blow walk, deck, driveway. That whole process takes about 3 hours. It's nothing 

On a typical any evening, I get home from work at 6, walk the dog, cook dinner, clean up after dinner.  Takes a couple hours.  Than I sit down and do more work for another 1-2hrs.

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9 minutes ago, Baroclinic Zone said:

On a typical any evening, I get home from work at 6, walk the dog, cook dinner, clean up after dinner.  Takes a couple hours.  Than I sit down and do more work for another 1-2hrs.

Are you living alone? If so I did not know 

 

if that's the case why not hire landscapers to do it. 40-50 bucks a week. No worries.. no brauber 

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Just now, Damage In Tolland said:

Are you living alone? If so I did not know 

 

if that's the case why not hire landscapers to do it. 40-50 bucks a week. No worries.. no brauber 

Nope, got a wife and daughter.  Wife works even later than I do.  No way I can spare $160-200/mo.

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1 hour ago, dendrite said:

I don't equate weekly shrub trimmings to doing stuff outside. It's the outdoor equivalent of cleaning.

He's like Mr Miyagi. Flute music and all trimming his bushes, while wax on...wax off on the Dodge. 

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Agree with Brian. It is like cleaning. I also don't know what bush grows 3"/week.  Did Kevin allow sidewalk chalk on his driveway when his daughters were younger?

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11 minutes ago, CoastalWx said:

He's like Mr Miyagi. Flute music and all trimming his bushes, while wax on...wax off on the Dodge. 

How much time at the gym do you spend a week?

 

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Shrubs don't need to be trimmed at that frequency lol, And you don't remove more then a couple inches when you do trim them or they will look like s hit

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2 hours ago, Baroclinic Zone said:

On a typical any evening, I get home from work at 6, walk the dog, cook dinner, clean up after dinner.  Takes a couple hours.  Than I sit down and do more work for another 1-2hrs.

word of advice, take some time to enjoy life, you will never get it back. I was in your shoes

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19 minutes ago, dryslot said:

Shrubs don't need to be trimmed at that frequency lol, And you don't remove more then a couple inches when you do trim them or they will look like s hit

 

19 minutes ago, dryslot said:

Shrubs don't need to be trimmed at that frequency lol, And you don't remove more then a couple inches when you do trim them or they will look like s hit

Glad we don't live there or near there to see it 

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4 minutes ago, Damage In Tolland said:

 

Glad we don't live there or near there to see it 

We got it the first time, And once you have your shrubs at the right size, Once a month trim is all they need.

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1 hour ago, dryslot said:

We got it the first time, And once you have your shrubs at the right size, Once a month trim is all they need.

Maybe he's growing kudzu, or Japanese knotweed - foot a week. 
(jk - I've seen the pics of his yard and it looks great.  Not for me, though - my priorities run more to the garden, woodpile, and woodlot.)

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Maybe he's growing kudzu, or Japanese knotweed - foot a week. 
(jk - I've seen the pics of his yard and it looks great.  Not for me, though - my priorities run more to the garden, woodpile, and woodlot.)



Same here, Lawn& Hedges take a back seat, To each there own.

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13 hours ago, tamarack said:

Maybe he's growing kudzu, or Japanese knotweed - foot a week. 
(jk - I've seen the pics of his yard and it looks great.  Not for me, though - my priorities run more to the garden, woodpile, and woodlot.)

i hate kudzu, knotweed, etc with a firey passion. vines, and the invasives, just can't stand them. i have been battling some kind of vine, japanese berrry something or other for years. just when i think i have it contained, i see it climbing other parts of the yard.

what's the vine that you see along the roadside, that looks like grape leaves?

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3 hours ago, SJonesWX said:

i hate kudzu, knotweed, etc with a firey passion. vines, and the invasives, just can't stand them. i have been battling some kind of vine, japanese berrry something or other for years. just when i think i have it contained, i see it climbing other parts of the yard.

what's the vine that you see along the roadside, that looks like grape leaves?

Violently agree.  I haven't even bothered to look up what kind of vines are around my area but its a regular battle along the edges of the yard.  This year in particular I've been on patrol and aggressively cutting them but that typically only lasts a couple years and they always manage to come back.    

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3 hours ago, SJonesWX said:

i hate kudzu, knotweed, etc with a firey passion. vines, and the invasives, just can't stand them. i have been battling some kind of vine, japanese berrry something or other for years. just when i think i have it contained, i see it climbing other parts of the yard.

what's the vine that you see along the roadside, that looks like grape leaves?

Can't see it from here (and roadsides at this latitude probably support different species anyway) but my first guess would be Oriental bittersweet - leaves are about half the size of grape leaves, orange to red berries 1/4-1/3" diameter would be on the vines now.  But there are plenty of other candidates among foreign-origin invasives.
(We have loads of knotweed, but I was kind of kidding about kudzu, as it will probably require a lot more GW before it could survive up here.  Has it reached your area?

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Speaking of vines...

Can anyone recommend a noninvasive, fast growing vine that is safe for chickens? I'd like to grow something up the sides of my run for a little shade and shelter in the summer. I was thinking some grape vines that the birds could forage on too. The only problem is I have an 18" apron along the ground, around the run made of 1/2" hardware cloth so I'd have to start the vines inside of the run until they get climbing.

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2 hours ago, tamarack said:

Can't see it from here (and roadsides at this latitude probably support different species anyway) but my first guess would be Oriental bittersweet - leaves are about half the size of grape leaves, orange to red berries 1/4-1/3" diameter would be on the vines now.  But there are plenty of other candidates among foreign-origin invasives.
(We have loads of knotweed, but I was kind of kidding about kudzu, as it will probably require a lot more GW before it could survive up here.  Has it reached your area?

oriental bittersweet sounds right. i also discovered that one of those grape leaf looking vines actually had what appeared to be grapes. i thought that was interesting, considering that i have no intention of starting a vineyard.

no kudzu, but that oriental bittersweet is just like it. Climbs the trees where it can, and before i started aggressively attacking it, some of the vines were 2-3" diameter at the base. those guys had completely choked out and killed the trees that they took over.

have i mentioned yet that i hate vines?

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The clover has been growing and spreading like crazy this warm season here. The chooks love it and mowing it is helping the nitrogen poor areas of the yard. It's actually winning the fight versus the wild strawberry this year.

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The Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls is spectacular right now with some of the most impressive Dahlias you'll ever see.   They are thriving in this weather, buds galore, Dinner Plates the size of your hand.

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It's getting a little late in the season, but the house is progressing fast enough that they may try and get the lawn in before the end of this month. I'll actually have a lawn to report on (even if it is a NNE lawn).

We also purchased our two street trees. Acer rubrum "burgundy belle" variety. 

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