My kinda yardwork

May 12, 2008


Lloyd has been a super-champ about mowing the yard this year. It seems like most other years we kind of bicker about who should go out and do it, but this spring he’s all about “I’m mowing the yard today”. *swoon*

Anyway, I’ve been easing my guilt by doing a little clean-up outside while he mows. Last week it was getting the dead leaves out of the planters, this week it was cutting out the zebra grass. I used grass shears – the completely wrong tool for such thick stems. Oh, well – it got done, and the best part is…… getting rid of them!

Let me make my standard warning: “This is very dangerous. Do not do this at home. But come over and watch me do it! I’m very brave.” We have a chiminea for when I have the need for real fire – not that weeny candle fire. It’s mostly used to burn up the sticks that fall off the trees after we’ve had a strong wind. Burning yard waste is only something to be done when we’ve had days and days of rain, because it makes a quick, hot, rushing fire that could take out the whole yard. I love it!

I take those big sticks out first.

Keep on your toes - this goes quick!


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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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10 Responses to “My kinda yardwork”

  1. Karla Said on:

    Wow! That’s just like magic!


  2. Kristi Said on:

    The fire is cool, but I really like the daisies on your chiminea.


  3. Brad Said on:

    Heh… you’re lighting things on fire again.

    You should just skip a step and light the zebra grass on fire before you cut it down. It would burn to the ground, no muss no fuss (unless your house caught on fire… that would be a pretty big muss AND fuss.)


  4. Beth Said on:

    We should have one of those little fire burners…

    I don’t know why. We just should.


  5. Peggy Said on:

    What? The fire’s so quick there’s no time for roasting marshmallows? It’s not a worth while fire then I’m afraid.


  6. Annette Said on:

    I think you need a permit for that. A criminal pyromaniac


  7. Lauren's dad Said on:

    Does a new lawnmower have anything to do with your cutting the grass so often?



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