Perfect day for working on the lawn!

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Yeah, so I was being sarcastic. It’s been in the 90s all week. And before that it alternated between torrential downpours and heat waves. This has been quite a summer, and it’s only just begun. But, I’m having our new shed delivered on Thursday so I have no choice but to brave the heat and get the area ready.

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Here’s the “before”. I’ve been using it as a “junk corner”, partially to kill some of the grass and weeds growing there and partially because I needed somewhere to put my junk. Luckily, about 3 feet around the fence had already been part of my garden and had a huge pumpkin vine growing there last year. That just needed some basic clean up and weeding.

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This handy-dandy “Fiskars” weeder is my new best friend, compliments of my lovely wife. It’s super easy to use, doesn’t requiring bending over, and all the work is done by foot. There was a bit of a learning curve and it works on some weeds better than others (it’s a dandelion annihilator), but I absolutely love it. The best part is that it gets the whole root. And I have not been paid to advertise this thing. (Though I wish I had.)

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So, now I just have about 20 square feet of grass to dig up. The good thing is that I have about 20 square feet of ground that needs grass in other parts of the yard. The bad thing is that it’s 92 degrees and feels like 101. Did I mention that?

So, there’s no “after” yet because its not “after” yet. But it will be… soon. (Unfortunately, probably not soon enough.). I’ll keep you posted!

UPDATE: End of day two. I’ve certainly made progress but still have so far to go… and a busy work week to top it off. Well, as Dory would say: “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Swimming, swimming, swimming.” (Swimming sounds SO good right about now!)

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ANOTHER UPDATE:  It’s DONE!!!  I finished in the nick of time (and in the pouring rain- with a tornado touching down about 20 miles away).  Here’s the rest of my work:

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And here’s the wonderful contractors’ work:

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We Have a Shed!!!  (next step… paint)