So, like I was saying earlier this week, we are cleaning up the back 4 acres of the property which has not been maintained for the past few years. I am currently using just a regular riding lawnmower which takes forever. We plan on upgrading to something more appropriate for this size property but, like everything, that costs money and we are trying to figure out what is a need versus a want still. I would hate to spend a ton on a mower and then find out we actually needed a new A/C unit or something like that. All in good time. Also, using our old mower, I don’t feel as guilty when I take out the little brush trees and stuff that gets in the way.
I do have to give a shout out to my Dad for the majority of the yard work and tree removal that has been going on. I will do work here and there but he gets out there and busts his butt daily.
It started off that we were only going to remove the 12 or so brush trees and about 20 crap trees that are growing in the random sections of fence we have in the yard. Then we started planning my husbands garage/workshop building… To make that project not be in the middle of the property and weird we have to add at least 5 huge gorgeous pine trees to the list as well. We are going to be planting a lot more to make up for everything we are taking out. We just want to make sure they are in good places. Lugging branches, logs and brush to the burn pile is a hard chore!
Speaking of the “burn pile”… When we first looked at the house and property we were told that this huge 80×15 pile of leaves and brush in the middle of the 4 acres was a compost pile. I don’t know what kind of compost pile has treated fence posts and railroad timbers in it but, mine does!
So, we made a make shift fire pit and started picking through it and burning what we can little by little. Obviously, we have been setting aside all the treated stuff to dispose of or use elsewhere since it can’t be burned. As we get part of the pile down, we add more to the fresh cut tree pile to burn later.
I know i need to be patient and realize that this is all a work in progress. It just seems so huge right now! I feel like we are getting nowhere, fast. If only I could wiggle my nose and have everything be done! Ahh, that’d be amazing!
Have you started taking on huge spring cleaning jobs, inside or outside? Do you have any thoughts or tips for what I am doing?
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