When I decided to sod my yard with Zeon Zoysia, to save money I planned to do it in two stages: Front yard, followed by the back yard next summer. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that was probably not such a great idea. I was concerned the grass in the front yard would get damaged next summer when the backyard sodding process got underway. I’m so glad now I went ahead and did both at the same time.
When you walk down the driveway and enter the gate into the backyard, this is the view across the yard. One day I’ll do something with that area under the deck. I would love to add brick pavers or something under there. That’s another job for another day, though…can’t think about that now. Too much else to get done first.
The backyard is fenced in but you can’t see the fence since it’s down beyond the wooded area.
This is the view looking back up toward the gate on the driveway side. I’d love to have rock steps installed coming down the hill. Not sure I’ll ever do that, though…probably be a bit pricey.
At the far end of the other side of the back yard, I left an area unsodded for future trees this fall. The Leyland Cypress that were there had to be removed since they weren’t healthy any more. I’m trying to decide if I should put back Cryptomeria. Leyland Cypress or Giant Arborvitae. I want something super fast growing since I lost my privacy on that end of the screened porch when I removed those trees.
I’m leaning toward more Leyland Cypress just because they grow SOOOO fast. I’ll probably only plant two trees to give them plenty of space. If they last another 20 years like the previous Leyland Cypress, that would be just fine. I love the look of Cryptomeria but I’ve been told they grow slower than Leyland Cypress. Not sure how fast Giant Arborvitae grow. Time to do some research. For this section, I’m more interested in speed of growth than appearance. Once the trees are in, the fence will be put back up. I need to buy a few more bags of mulch for this area in the meantime. Ugh, more mulch…I’m the mulch Queen!
I changed the food in the bird feeders that hang here from the deck under the pergola. I used to fill them with a wonderful blend of seed that included sunflower. The birds loved it! I didn’t mind the sunflower hulls falling on the ground when the yard was a mess.
Now that it’s sodded, the sunflower hulls would not be good for the grass. So, I’ve switched to “No Mess” bird seed that’s already shelled. It has loads of sunflower seeds, too. You would think the birds would LOVE it, right? Less work for them!
For the first few days, they continued eating at a feeder that’s not located over grass and was still filled with the last of the regular seed. They avoided the new birdseed like it was poison. When the other seed ran out, only then did they try the new stuff. They seem to really like it now which is a good thing since I bought so much of it!
I have a pink geranium in a decorative pot on the table.
Every single day I have been finding it like this, the geranium shoved over to the side and dirt all over the table. The first few times I found it this way, I figured a squirrel had hidden a nut or acorn in the plant last fall and was coming back looking for it. Each time I found it this way, I cleaned it up, put the soil back in the pot and straightened the plant back up. But day after day after day, I continued finding it this way again…dirt everywhere. Ummm, who was doing this?
One day I was in the kitchen and looked out just at the right moment. I caught the culprit in action. Wish I could have gotten a picture for you. It was a little chipmunk and he was basically taking himself a dirt bath. Each day he climbs inside the pot and wallows around on this back for several minutes, throwing dirt everywhere. The day I caught him, his little dirt bath went on for quite a while! He was so cute! After cleaning up this mess every day for about two weeks, sometimes twice a day, a thought came to me.
I covered the dirt with some of the mulch I had bought for the islands in the yard.
Mr. Chipmunk must be taking his dirt baths elsewhere because the plant is finally filling out now that it’s not being unearthed every day. I kind of miss Mr. Chipmunk, although I know he’s still around .
I find evidence of him and his buddies everywhere. They love to sit and sunbathe on my front porch during the day. They aren’t too keen on having the entrance to their underground homes cluttered with annoying mulch. Do you see the entrance there under the liriope? Note to self: Avoid getting mulch in a chipmunk’s doorway or you’ll be cleaning it back out of the grass!
I’m off now to buy some flowers. I’m not going to buy too many since October is pansy planting time, but I am itching to see a little color in the annual beds.