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Ugh

So I made an appointment to get a home estimate from the patio cover/awning company, and knew I was going to have to tackle my back patio before then. I don't know if I can describe to you what I found back there, but imagine, those of you who live anywhere but here, the overgrowth of neglecting a yard or garden well into the end of August or September. Weeds that are almost as tall as you, branches thick as your finger, overgrowth covering most of the flag stone, pine needles *everywhere*, and, I swear to gawd, something that looks like oversized tumble weed although who knows how it got on my back patio.

I took out a box of 13-gallon trash bags 'cause that's about all I've got and I filled five of them before coming in here and plopping down with exhaustion. I know my Tuesday and Wednesday mornings before work will also be spent pulling weeds and taking pruning sheers to what's stubborn and filling at least ten more.

I took today off after my weekend from sleepless hell, and plan to spend the rest of it in this here chair.

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cactuswatcher
Apr. 13th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
I know the drill
Tumbleweed is indeed very common here, and they do get quite large if left to grow.
masqthephlsphr
Apr. 13th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
Re: I know the drill
Well, it must have tumbled into my patio as a seedling on the wind, 'cause it wasn't there last Spring, and, you know, I have a high fence.
cactuswatcher
Apr. 13th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
Re: I know the drill
If you were any outside any of the windy days the last few weeks, you know that having a stray weed seed blow over the wall is nothing unusual. A lot of our weeds get started in fall and winter. By the way, though tumbleweeds are 'annuals' like a lot of other weeds you need to get the root of the tumbleweed or it will grow back this year.
masqthephlsphr
Apr. 13th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Re: I know the drill
I could have sworn I bought a bought a trowel last spring for digging out roots, but I couldn't find it this morning. When I get off my duff in the next day, I am going to get one. Only way to make sure the ones already here don't come back.
cactuswatcher
Apr. 13th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
Re: I know the drill
I try to keep everything pulled out of the front yard, but in the back yard about all I can manage is keeping it all low to the ground. Like you've said today, sometimes when I don't keep it trimmed down, it can take many trash bags to get rid of it all.
masqthephlsphr
Apr. 13th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Re: I know the drill
The funny thing is, my front patio only has one small patch of open earth, and the weeds there are dead stalks. The back patio, OTOH, is a jungle.
a2zmom
Apr. 13th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
It's amazing how quickly everything reverts back to "jungle".
masqthephlsphr
Apr. 13th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
We have a bit of a head start around here.

; )

But yeah, it was even more overgrown that I had expected!
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