Yep, springing. Spring has not quite sprung yet, but it's working on it.
And it's about time. Oh, the perils of living in the land of perpetual winter. You can't get your hopes too high around these parts... Mother Nature likes to surprise us with snow storms in May. Now if it would just stop raining for more than 2 hours, I'd go outside and rake up all the muck under my trees. I can't wait to start muckraking. Hardy har har.
This will be the first spring at our house with grass in the backyard. Our backyard is small, but it's got lots of fabulous, big trees around the fenceline. Unfortunately, the acidic pine needles plus all that shade meant it wasn't the easiest place for grass to survive. Last spring it was a big mud patch, and coupled with our new mud-loving puppy... well, I wasn't the happiest of campers.
We made the tough decision to remove a tree that was toward the middle of the yard and shading everything out (I'm a big fan of trees... it was a sad day in my little world). We had the sprinklers worked on, added topsoil, and put in some sod.
And by we, I mean the handiest of hubbies.
I can't wait to get my hands dirty again this year... I always have a giant list of things I would love to accomplish both inside and outside the walls of my house. I'm not a particularly gifted gardener, but I'm not completely unfortunate either.
I'm interested in finding out... does your love of decorating and house-y things spill over into your outdoor living spaces and gardens?