Friday, December 28, 2018

Trimming the Grasses

Grasses Shielding the Pool
December 21, 2018
Amazingly, we had three nice weather days in a row. 

That does not happen much around here. I was able to take advantage of the nice weather yesterday and finally trim the grasses around the pool.
Grasses Cut and Being Loaded into the Truck
December 29, 2018

I know it sounds kind of mundane and it is hard to get excited about cutting the ornamental grasses, but waiting until Spring when they have been crushed by the weight if the winter snow makes the problem even more difficult. 

The grasses make a very nice privacy shield during the summer months and their green is very pleasant to look at. During the winter, after they have bloomed, they become unsightly and they need to be cut before the new springtime growth can take hold. 

It is a big job and the truck can just barely handle all of the cuttings, but it is fun to strap down the mounded pile of grasses for the trip to the center where they will be turned into mulch. 

Now, the task is complete. I usually cut the grasses on Columbus Day and failing that Veterans Day, but the weather has been so bad that I didn't have the time I needed to allow them to dry before cutting and to have the ground dry enough to support the truck. I had the added benefit yesterday of a freeze which helped the still too moist ground support the weight of the truck. 

But the task is complete and now we can begin to accomplish other tasks. I still have a lot of wood to cut--so I guess that is my next task.

Oh, wait--did I mention that it is raining, again.


-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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