2016 To-do list


  • Build up soil level on west side of front ditch where is has subsided, exposing the metal grass barrier that also holds the brick edging in place.  Re-sod as necessary. Done
  • Move a division of a large blue hosta to the SE side of the end of the driveway to pair with the one on the NE side. Done – but may have died in the summer drought.  Need to replant in 2017 if it does not return in spring.
  • Remove ‘Paul Farges’ clematis on south fence in backyard.  Add a ‘Vyvyan Pennell’ and/or ‘Ramona’? ‘Paul Farges’ kept pruned in 2016 but not removed.  Did not bloom.  Quite a few of the stems now originate on neighbour’s side of the fence.
  • replace chickenwire fence extension on south with hardware cloth(?) Hardware colth and plumbing pipes used to raise all fence heights to 6″ to help keep coyotes out.
  • add wire extensions to the top of the west and north fences to help coyote-proof them. Done
  • add more crusher-run gravel to path through front arbour to raise the path level. Done
  • Remove Baptisia from kitchen window bed; replace with alpine strawberries. Not done – kept stems pruned to the ground but still need to remove the roots.
  • Remove Baptisia from north alley; replace with ? Not done – kept stems pruned to the ground but still need to remove the roots.
  •  Evaluate light levels on south side of shed now that the pussywillow is gone.  Replant in fall with something appropriate for the light and moisture available there. Moved ‘Empress Wu’ hosta to beside the willow stump.  Willow stump still sprouting new growth that needs regular removal.   
  • Topdress and overseed backyard lawn again this spring.  Do a better job of watering – especially around the trunk of the ash tree where the dogs pee most often!  Done – but overseeding like now a regular spring – or late summer – chore…..
  • Shift the Empress Wu hosta further back in the bed under the oak – it might encroach on the path too much as it grows. Moved ‘Empress Wu’ to willow stump area beside shed; replaced with a smaller hosta.
  • Consider moving/replacing/hard pruning bushy perennial and shrubs that get brushed against when walking along paths – the objective is to minimize risk of transferring ticks from the plants to people passing by.  Pruned as necessary but not replaced.
  • stake the holly near the shed that is being grown as a single-trunked ‘tree’ – it is starting to lean. Done – but need to straighten support!
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Garden shopping list 2015


  • ? Add an American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) to the wet corner?  Decided not to at this point.
  • Replace Sweet Autumn clematis that died in winter 2013/2014 on the north alley fence with – same clematis? or different clematis? or different vine(which one?)? Did not replace – some ‘Harlequin’ honeysuckle reappeared.
  • Add a ‘Tuff Stuff’ hydrangea (from Cudmores?) to front bed behind ‘Tiny Tuff Stuff’ Done.
  • Replace any south alley clematises that winterkill. Did not do – ones on the fence side struggle – does not make sense to plant more there.
  • Add more dwarf Iberis to front bed.  Could not find any…
  • Add back rodgersias under pines near path to compost heap – to replace those that were moved two years ago when the golden boxwood (which died last winter!) was planted in that spot.  it appears some are returning from roots left behind – waiting to see if they survive.
  • add a ‘Niobe’ clematis to climb into the Ninebark shrub on the south side of the driveway.  Done – but I’m not impressed with it….

Garden shopping list 2014


Name Quantity Placement/use Source
Hand tamper tool 1 to compact and level base under brick edging ?

purchased at Cliff’s – very handy tool! (4″x10″ tamper blade)

American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) 1 ‘wet corner’ bed, placed near rear fence, to line up with center path in oak bed Connon Nurseries

deferred to 2015

Bunchberries (Cornus Canadensis) ~6-8 try in several places in backyard to try to find a suitable area for them! Connon Nurseries

decided not to try them as have never got them to succeed here before

Hairy Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum pubescens) 2-3 Along ‘golden path’ area under the pines Acorus?

could not find a source for them

Blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium montanum or Sisyrinchium angustifolium) 1 for ‘tear drop’ bed Botanus or divide clump under Japanese wisteria

decided to use dark heucheras instead

Geranium cantabrigiense’ Biokovo’ and/or G. renardi 1 for ‘tear drop’ bed Connon

still considering whether to use this in this bed

Running Strawberry Bush (Euonymus obovatus) 1-2 Under pussy willow, south side of shed, to cover bare ground after marsh marigolds and trilliums go dormant ?

still undecided whether to use this here

Mammoth Chrysanthemum ‘Pink Daisy’ 1-2 Driveway border, near road Gardenimport – or local nursery?

bought at Nortland

 Limonium latifolium  1-2 herb bed/south side of driveway  ? Sheridan?

did not buy

Recommended Tools and Supplies


Note : the links included here are not intended to be an endorsement of any particular brand or shopping source, but rather to show you what the tool looks like to aid you in finding one.

This is a handy tool for weeding and touch-up hand edging.  It is sort of J-shaped, with a flat blade.  The flat blade is good for running just below the soil surface to cut off weeds or, as the name implies, running down a crack between paving stones to help evict weeds that have taken up residence there.  It gets used often to neaten up the edge/slice off invading grass anywhere the grass and paths intersect but the intersection is not in need of a full edging with the spade or half-moon edger.

The proper name for this tool is a fishtail weeder, but I call it a weed stick.  It’s a wooden-handled metal rod with a V-shaped flat blade at the end.  You push the rod/blade into the soil at the base of the weed and lever the weed out of the soil.  It is most effective for tap-rooted weeds like dandelion, and works best when the soil is moist.

This is an invaluable tool for pruning the wisterias, the honeysuckle on the iron arbour, and also for deadheading the tall lilac by the chimney.  It is stored in the front, right corner of the garage.  It was originally purchased from Lee Valley Tools.

  • Pantyhose ties

To tie in vines to the chainlink fences or swag chains and to tie plants needing support to stakes, you need soft, stretchy ties that will not cut into the plant and restrict nutrient flow.  You also need something that is not very visible.  The ideal thing is pantyhose ties!  Take a pair of pantyhose – preferably black or  charcoal ( those colors are less visible) and cut the legs across in ~3/4” strips to make a ring.  Cut open the ring and you have the perfect plant tie!

This is one of those things that raises controversy in the gardening community!  There is little doubt that mycorrhizal fungi are necessary and beneficial.  The doubt arises as to the benefit of supplements.  In good, organic soil that is not disturbed often, there is likely a thriving ‘native’ population and no need for supplements.  But, in poor soil or soil that is regularly disturbed or cultivated, supplements can be beneficial. 

The soil here is fairly heavy clay that was badly compacted by the renovation and addition to the house in 1999.  While the soil has noticeably improved over the years since, we still use a supplement when we plant perennials, vegetable, trees and shrubs.

We us the MYKE brand and it is getting hard to come by.  Taylor Nurseries in Milton usually carry it.  Because it’s a living thing, it has a ‘best before’ date – check the date before you buy it to make sure it’s still valid.

  • Half-moon edger and edging spade

These are necessary tools for keeping the grass from growing into the garden.  In the garden’s present configuration, they are only needed to refresh the edge of the rectangular lawn in the backyard, along the edge of the path to the south gate arbour, and across the ends of the path behind the teardrop bed in the front garden.  Some people prefer the half-moon edger and others the narrow, flat-bladed spade.  Use whichever you’re comfortable with.  The spade is also useful for digging smaller planting holes, so that one gets used a lot.

These are essential for working around the roses.  Regular garden gloves, even leather ones, will not prevent rose thorns from penetrating and scratching/stabbing you painfully!  The gauntlets also protect your forearms while the shorter, regular garden gloves will not. Lee Valley Tools sells really good pigskin ones in ladies sizes.  The Bionic brand of rose gauntlets is good as well and come in men’s sizes too.

  • Mulching leaf blower

The main use this tool gets in the garden is to suck up and chop the oak leaves that collect in the south alley in spring; the other very important use is to clear ash leaves and pine needles out of the eavestroughs when the leaves come down in the fall!

  • Water-filled roller

 When the paths need refreshing with new mulch/sand mix, it needs to be packed down firmly after the new material is laid.  We prefer the plastic roller since it won’t rust.  It is stored in the garden shed.

  •  All the usual tools such as:

o   wheelbarrow and wagon,

o   leaf rake, trowels, shovels – both pointed end and flat-bladed are useful to have,

o   secateurs,

o   grass shears – mainly used to clip grass that grows out of reach of the lawn mower against the edges of things like walls, poles or raised bed edges,

o   lawnmower – a reel mower is all that’s needed as there’s not a lot of lawn left,

o   string trimmer – useful for tidying up grass at the brick edging in the front beds.

Weeds to Watch Out For and Remove


  •  European Buckthorn seedlings

 European  Buckthorns are on the Noxious Weeds list for Ontario because they are a host plant for oat rust fungus.  While you may think ‘there’re not a lot of agricultural crops nearby, so it doesn’t matter…’ birds spread the seeds far and wide.  There are many people in the neighbourhood who don’t recognize the plant or realize that it is a noxious weed, so there are many sources  of seeds.  Learn to recognize the seedlings (see pictures on the Noxious Weeds list) and pull them as soon as you see them.

  •  Ash tree seedlings

 The White ash in the backyard is invaluable as a source of shade for the house and leaf mulch for the garden beds, BUT it drops gazillions of seed keys!   In spring most of them germinate!  Learn to recognize them at the seed-leaf stage and pull them then.  Once they get their true leaves, they also get a long, deep taproot that makes them harder to pull.  Even when they are this small they can be difficult to pull, so be alert to the seedlings and yank them as soon as they appear! 

This clover-looking weed is a pest in several areas of the garden, particularly in the front bed in the section shaded by the garage in the afternoon.  Pull any you see any time you pass by that area. 

  • Garlic Mustard weed 

This is a particularly nasty weed because it is aleopathic – it puts chemicals in the soil that kill or weaken other plants growing nearby.  It is a biennial that produces a basal clump of rounded leaves in the first year and, in the second year, produce smaller, more pointed leaves and a flower spike of small, white flowers.  It sets lots and lots of seed.  The seeds can survive for years in the soil so, even if you don’t let any plants set seed, you may still get seedlings from the seed bank in the soil.  Unfortunately, the neighbor to the south has a large colony of them under the large junipers at the end of his driveway, and elsewhere on the property.  So we get lets of seedlings….  They start growing in spring before much else is green, so they are easiest to see then.  Watch for them and remove any you see, particularly the second year plants that will flower and set seed!

2012 To-do List


2012 To-do list 

  •   Late winter/early spring – sand and repaint air conditioner screen.  Use BM (Benjamin Moore) Bonsai  green to match the shed door.   Done
  •   Remove ligularia from west end of oak garden across from ‘wet corner’ and replace with rodgersia that will better tolerate the level of available moisture. Forgot to do this!  Ligularia seems to have died out….
  •   Divide the large blue hosta at the ramp-patio corner.  Replant one chunk in the same spot and place others in the oak garden, near the dead apple tree. Done
  •   Consider removing tree peonies from front bed – replace with…? Gave them a reprieve – not sure for how long….
  •   Consider pruning out some of the old stems of the Harlequin honeysuckle vine on the chainlink fence in the north alley…      Still need to do this….
  •   Prune honeysuckle on iron arbour top to level it out – the garage side is taller…. Removed it entirely and replaced with ‘Emerald Gaiety’ euonymus and ‘Henryi’ clematis
  • Prune 12″-18″ off the top of the Chinese wisteria tree – it is getting too tall and hard to reach with the long-arm pruners.  Trim the side branches as needed to keep a pleasing overall shape once the height has been reduced. Done
  • Begin training/pruning the beautybush in the living room bed to form a tunnel over the path along the back of the house. Done – but will be a work-in-progress for a few years
  • In spring prune the older, woody sage plants on the south side of the driveway to emphasize/display their woody bases – make into quasi-bonsai. Done
  • If the Highbush cranberries by the corner of the garage do not straighten up after the berries fall off in spring, prune back as necessary to allow clear passage along the garage path. Done

Chore schedule


Chore schedule 

Annually

Early spring

  •    March
    •   Remove any wisteria seedpods that you missed removing in fall or winter.
    •   Mid-March – move pots of  garlic that were stored in the garage for the winter back out onto the driveway.
  •    April- early May
    •   First week of April – plant pots of peas; choose varieties with different days-to-maturity in order to extend the growing season (days-to-maturity range from low 50s to 70+)  Peas need cool soil to germinate, so plant early.  Soak the peas overnight in water before planting. Ideally, just before planting, drain the water off and toss the seeds with inoculant meant for peas and beans.  Wear protective rubber gloves when working with the peas – the seeds are likely coated in fungicide.  Teepees of 6’ bamboo poles make good supports for the peas.
    • Move any pots of ‘mums that overwintered in the garage out onto the driveway.
    •   Cut back culinary sage in the herb bed on the south side of the driveway.  Cut back to just above the woody growth at the base.
    •   In the front bed, cut back previous year’s Siberian iris foliage as close to the ground as you can without cutting off emerging new foliage.
    •   In the backyard, cut along edge (where grass and path meet) of the rectangular lawn. Pull any grass roots that have encroached on the path.  Use Stakes and string to keep the edge line straight.
    •   As above, cut along the edge of the path to south gate arbour and across ends of mulch path around front teardrop bed with half-moon edger or edging spade.  Pull any encroaching grass or clover roots.  (See related text sections for more details).  Just cut straight down to sever any grass and clover roots that may have started to encroach on the path.  Do not ‘trench edge’ as that will create a hazard for crossing from the path to the grass.  The packed surface of the path and the path material discourages invasion of grass and clover so it’s not difficult to just remove the few encroaching roots to make a crisp-looking transition from grass to path.
    •   Once leaf buds swell enough to be clearly visible, prune hydrangeas in all beds  to control size and shape them as desired.
    •   Once growth buds are visible on the Russian sage in the front beds, cut the plants back to 6” or so.
    •   Note where you might like more spring bulbs next year.
    •   Fertilize lawn with spring formula lawn fertilizer.
    •   Inspect brick edging in front garden.  Remove any grass or weeds that have found their way into the crevices.
    •   Prune potentilla shrubs to remove  at ground level 1/3 of the stems (choose oldest – thickest – stems to remove)
    •   Train new peony growth into the copper-tubing rings..
    •   Cut back ‘Queen Elizabeth’ rose in driveway border when new growth buds appear.
    •   Put rain barrel back in place by the hydro meter, connecting the overflow pipe to the pipe running under the path, and connect the soaker hose to the barrel tap.
    •  Prune off any tip die-back on Angel and Oso Easy roses in the south driveway border and shorten canes by 1/3-1/2 if you wish.
    •   Fertilize all clematises with fertilizer formulated for clematises.
    •   Fertilize roses with rose fertilizer.  Spread ½ bag of composted sheep manure or several shovelfuls of garden compost around the Queen Elizabeth rose in the driveway border.
    •   Also spread compost or sheep manure at the base of the clematises on the south gate arbour.
    •   Do not mow the house side of the front ditch in spring to allow the bulb foliage to ripen so the bulbs will flower the following year.
    •   Remove a number of the ostrich ferns in the wet corner in early spring as you see the fiddleheads arise – they are spreading too fast – keep them confined to the SW corned by removing any that appear more than 4’ or so from the corner.
    •   In mid-late April, clean up the big ‘Paul Farges’ clematis on the fences at the end of the south alley.  Pull stems that have grown over the other side of the fence back to our side.  Strip off smaller stems from the larger ones, leaving a few bare, long, thick, old stems.  Cut some of the stems down, either to the ground or to the top of the chainlink fence.  (See pictures in the South Alley section above.)  Be careful not to cut down the ‘Ramona’ clematis on the chainlink fence just past the Paul Farges.
    • Once the last of the previous year’s oak leaves have fallen from the oak tree, chop the leaves that have accumulated against the south fence with a mulching leaf blower and spread the chopped leaves on the beds under the oak tree.
    •   If you noticed a decline in flowering on the north alley honeysuckles in the previous year, prune out some of the older stems.
    •   The clematises on the copper fence and the top end of the chainlink fence in the north alley can be cut back to the top of the chainlink fence.
    •   Pull any dead Morning Glory stems and foliage off the copper fence at the top of the north alley and off the lattice wall of the back porch lift.  There are too many seedlings – remove all or  the vast majority of them as you see them.  There are enough mature vines of other types now so Morning Glories are not really needed any more.
    • in all beds remove any old perennial stems that were not removed in fall.  Remove dead leaves (and and snails!) from around the hostas, heucheras, and any other perennials with new growth showing at the base.

Late spring (late May-early June

  •   Walk around the garden frequently – preferably daily – watching for ash tree seedling, buckthorn seedlings, wood sorrel, and garlic mustard weed.  Remove any you find.
  •   Inspect brick edging in front garden.  Remove any grass or weeds that have found their way into the crevices.
  •   Cut old-fashioned ‘mums in the driveway/moat border back to 6-8 inches twice before the first of July to make sturdy, bushy plants with lots of flowers.
  •   Snap off seedheads from tulips once the tulip petals drop or, preferably, cut the spent flowerstalk down to its base at soil level, leaving the leaves to feed the bulb.
  •   Plant tomatoes in the south driveway border when soil and air temperatures are suitable – last week of May or first week of June usually.
  • If emerging foliage on the Japanese wisteria hides the flowers, prune off the foliage that is hiding the flowers – see pictures in The Moat Bed section.
  •   Shorten all new wisteria growth to 6-8” as it arises.
  •   Watch for and promptly remove any wisteria root suckers.  Ideally tear the suckers off the underlying roots rather than just pruning them to soil level.
  •   Plant pots of pole beans in late May (soil must be warm or the seeds will rot – don’t plant too early.)  Soak the beans in water overnight before planting.  Ideally, just before planting, drain the water and toss the seeds in innoculant meant for peas and beans.  Wear protective rubber gloves when working with the beans – the seeds are likely coated with fungicide. Use an 8’ teepee of bamboo poles for supports in the pots for the beans – 6’ poles are not tall enough.
  •   Cut back butterfly bushes (front bed, south side of driveway borders, near kitchen window) once new buds are visible.  Cut back to 12-18”.
  •   Mow the house side of the ditch the last week of May or early June when the bulb foliage has died back.
  •   There is an excess of purple coneflowers in the front beds.  Remove some seedling clumps each year to control the numbers.
  •  In 2014 some pest attacked the leaves of Solomon’s Seal.  If this continues to be a problem, the Solomon’s Seal may need to be removed – or at least cut down at the first signs of damage

Summer – all months:

  •   Continue to patrol for weed seedlings, especially wood sorrel in the front beds.
  •   At least once a month, inspect brick edging in front garden.  Remove any grass or weeds that have found their way into the crevices.
  •   Snip off any euonymus stems that reach about deck level in the front porch bed.
  •   Shorten all new wisteria growth to 6-8” as it arises.
  • Train the stems of the euonymus plants flanking the iron arbour in the front bed to grow up the sides of the arbour.  Weave the stems into the cross-pieces of the arbour structure.
  •   Watch for and promptly remove any wisteria root suckers.  Ideally tear the suckers off the underlying roots rather than just pruning them to soil level.
  •   Give the porch bed a thorough soaking with a hose every 10 days or so, especially during drought periods.
  •   Whenever the ‘Silver Mound’ artemesias (in moat bed and various places at the front edge of the large front bed) get taller than 6”, clip then down to 4” with grass shears.
  •   Pull any lily-of-the-valley that reappears in the the garage bed. lawn.  Keep grass in the adjacent grass path mowed short  to discourage the remaining lily-of-the-valley roots in the grass from growing.
  •   Watch out for lily-of-the-valley appearing under the pines in the backyard.  Remove any you see.
  •   Encourage the south alley clematises to climb the bamboo poles to reach the swag chains.
  •   Remove at ground level any lilac root suckers you see.
  • beginning in mid-summer, watch for leaf damage on Solomon’s Seal in the backyard.  Remove any affected stems at the base and discard into the garbage (do not compost them!)

mid-late June:

  •  Prune out 1/3 of the stems of the bridalwreath spireas, Beautybush and mockorange after they finish flowering in June.  Remove the stems at the base, selecting the oldest/biggest for removal each year.  If necessary, also shorten any particularly long remaining stems by 1/3-1/2.
  •   ‘Patty Plum’ poppy by the right side of the arbour will go dormant after flowering.  Remove the yellowed foliage and discard the seedpods to prevent seeding around.
  •   Feverfew in the front beds has served its purpose and now should be removed (and replaced with dwarf candytuft whenever you can find some to plant…)  Pull any feverfew you see.  You can leave the cuttings on the ground as mulch to compost in place as long as they are not in flower and ready to go to seed.
  •   When pea pots have finished producing peas, remove and compost the spent foliage.  Leave the soil in the pots as these pots if you wish to use the pots to plant a display of asters and ‘mums for late summer.
  •   Let a few of the lupin flowerspires set seed and drop to the ground to replace any plants that die out (they tend to be short-lived.)
  •   Deadhead the large lilac by the chimney, being careful not to cut off next year’s flowerbuds which develop at the base of the current year’s flowers.  The long-arm pruners are useful for deadheading the lilac.

July

  • Order any spring bulbs you may have decided to add to the spring display.  (I usually order on-line from Botanus in B.C. – good quality and good price).  More small bulbs will likely be needed to be added to the ditch plantings in 2011 and 2012.
  •   Remove faded tulip foliage once it can be removed with a gentle tug.
  •   Deadhead Rodgersia in front porch bed as soon as the flowers start to fade.
  •   After the early, large-flowered clematises finish flowering, fertilize again with clematis fertilizer.
  •   Make sure you deadhead the Sanguisorba and Knautia on the south edge of the front bed as they finish flowering, to ensure they don’t seed excessively.
  •   Deadhead Baptisia when it finishes flowering in the bed under the kitchen window.
  •   The Russian sage in various places in the front bed can get large and encroach on paths and the bench.  Do not hesitate to cut back any parts that are interfering with access – it might delay some bloom, but that just extends the season…
  •   Deadhead dwarf goatsbeard in north alley near the back porch, and in the oak bed, near the path leading to the south alley to prevent seeding.
  •   Deadhead the large goatsbeards at the end of the center path under the oak, and in the wet corner if that one wasn’t deadheaded earlier.
  •   Remove seedheads on the Blue Oat Grass in the front bed as soon as they show signs of ripening (turning golden brown).
  • Prune off stem of the mockorange (by the kitchen window) that flowered in the current year.  Also remove any straight root-suckers.   That will control the size of the shrub and encourage better flowering in subsequent years.
  • Watch for signs of Sawfly damage to Solomon’s Seal foliage.  Cut stems of any damaged foliage down to the ground and discard into the garbage (not into the compost bins!)

August

  •   Deadhead daisies and coneflowers down to next visible flower bud or, if there are no more flower buds on the stem, cut the stem to the ground.  Daisies no longer suit the garden and can be removed completely.
  •   When the pole beans have finished producing, remove and compost spent foliage.  The soil in the pots can also be composted or spread as mulch in the front and driveway beds.
  •    The Russian sage in various places in the front bed can get large and encroach on paths and the bench.  Do not hesitate to cut back any parts that are interfering with easy movement along the paths.
  •   After the hibiscus flowers finish in late August-early September, deadhead the round seed capsules while they’re still green – you want to remove them before they turn brown, dry, split and drop their seeds.
  • If you are growing strawberries in pots, root runners from the current pots into the pots containing the soil from this year’s crop of peas (the peas add nitrogen to the soil – you can also mix in some compost before planting the runners.)  Dip the base of the plantlets at the ends of the runners into softwood rooting hormone, poke a hole in the soil with your finger, place the base of the plantlet into the hole, and firm the soil. At its base.  The runners can be planted quite densely.  Water well.
  • Continue to monitor Solomon’s Seal for Sawfly damage and cut back and discard foliage into the garbage as necessary.

Fall

  •   Chop fallen leaves with lawnmower or mulching leaf blower.  (The leaves can also be used whole, although they break down quicker when chopped.) Spread the chopped leaves on all backyard garden beds.
  •   Rake the paths in the woodland areas, raking the pine needles and fallen leaves into the nearby beds.
  •   Fertilize lawn with fall formula lawn fertilizer.
  •   Plant any fall bulbs you may have decided to add to the ditch and elsewhere in the garden.
  •   In late October, do a final inspection of the brick edging in front garden.  Remove any grass or weeds that have found their way into the crevices.
  •   Cut peony foliage (driveway border, front bed) to the ground and discard in the garbage pick-up (not into compost pile).
  •   Cut hibiscus foliage down to 6” and discard into the compost pile.
  • Cut Persicaria polyymorpha (front bed, oak bed, shed bed, under pines, north woodland, patio bed) down to the ground and discard into the compost pile
  • When wisteria leaves drop, remove any seed pods you see.  Brush fallen wisteria leaves off the edging bricks to prevent the rotting leaves staining the bricks.

Winter

  •   Keep driveway borders covered with snow when clearing snow from the driveway.
  • Jan. – Feb. order seeds for veggie garden (remember to choose 4-5 different pea varieties based on days-to-maturity, to ensure a long crop season).

Every 3-5 years

  •   Refresh path surfaces with mulch/sand mixture (1/3 concrete sand; 2/3 pine bark mulch – see Paths section of Backyard description, and pack down with water-filled roller. (The paths were last refreshed in spring 2014.)

Every 10 years

  • Get a tetanus shot!  Anyone who ‘plays in the dirt’ needs a tetanus shot.  If you haven’t had one, get one.  And get a booster shot every ten years.