Happy March first!
Let’s start with some pretty – now that there’s a tad of pretty in The Land of Making Do. First off, the red bud trees suddenly budded late last week.
And, now they’re opening into blooms.
As I hauled bush clippings to the tree line, I noticed this pear tree blooming.
You can tell from the tree line that things are still very wintry looking. (Weeds are greening up nicely, though. Always. Wink.)
The main project I worked on last week was this. Notice the nippers on the porch – nippers for my bush-whacking.
I made sure HH was fine with that first bush before continuing to the others. I did this same sacrificial whacking one year in Georgia. HH came home from work and ran inside, exclaiming, “You’ve ruined our bushes! What have you DONE?”
Once he calmed down, I explained how our bushes were so overgrown that I had to cut them back drastically – to the point of sticks. I promised they would grow leaves again and to trust me. He reluctantly did, and the next year we had beautiful, perfectly sized bushes, in perfect shape again.
Speaking of shape, I’m so out of shape!
So…how do you whack over-grown bushes in half without a man and a chainsaw?
Tip One: Make a Plan
My plan was to trim two bushes per day. (I had thirteen bushes to do and possible rain ahead.) Even if it took two weeks, two hours each day in my schedule was manageable.
It wore me out to trim two bushes each day and haul away the debris with Winston, my energetic but useless assistant, beside me. Each bush was a full wagon of clippings. As I made my way to the tree line for dumping, I’d stop and trim a Crepe Myrtle tree and pile those cuttings on top, too. Yikes! Careful rolling that thing!
Tip Two: Consistency is Key
Some days I felt like trimming three. On other days, two was more than I felt like doing. Just keep to your schedule and do what you can each scheduled day.
By Friday, I had one side of the front complete – eight bushes down, five to go. Shocking looking, isn’t it?
Step Three: Adjust as Energy Allows
Endurance strengthens with consistency. On Saturday, I finished all five remaining shrubs before noon – totally not in my plan, but I went with that day’s burst of energy!
Notice above, the clump of day lilies to the left of the front steps at the foot of the tree. On day one, before starting on bushes, I divided the day lilies under the tree on the other side of the steps and moved the irises out to separate them from the day lilies.
Maybe next week, I’ll divide the day lily clump under the other tree and move those irises, too.
Do you schedule your yard work out like that? Or, is your endurance good for many hours at a time? Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s out of shape! 🙂