The yard work I did today was of the low tech variety. Iíve been finding reasons all week not to get outside with the trimmer or the mower, but today all the sand ran out of those excuses. It wasnít too hot, and I wasnít too busy. Besides, nobody was going to come around and do it for me.
One of the main reasons I had been hesitating was that I didnít seem to be getting anywhere with the trimmer and the mower anyway. Thatís partly because I canít last very long at a time, but itís also because there are certain kinds of weeds that simply donít fit into the categories that my machines are designed for.
Especially in the side yard, I have weeds that the mower wonít go over, because theyíre too thick and clumpy. Itís like trying to drive through a redwood tree (and not one of those redwood trees with the trunks carved out for easy passage). I either need a heavy-duty tractor, or I need to find some other method to remove the obstacles. Something, for example, like my hands, shoulders, back and legs, working in unison.
Some of the reedy growth in that same area doesnít lend itself to the action of the trimmer. The line wonít cut through the stalks on some weeds unless I stand in one place and shove the trimmer into the same spot over and over. Itís like trying to vacuum up a smudge on the rug. No matter how hard you work at it, you donít get anywhere.
So I pulled on the new leather gloves I bought at Target (my garden supply store of choice) earlier this week and went to work. In the end, I wasnít able to cover much territory. Itís a lot slower going, doing this work by hand, but it does have the advantage of actually getting done. And I can see the difference! Plus, Iím getting some healthy exercise (I hope).
What I learned was that pulling weeds by hand is harder on my poor old body that using the weed trimmer, but easier than using the mower. But I also know that once the yard gets into decent shape for the first time, going over it with the mower will be the easiest thing in the world. Itís getting from here to point B that has me feeling a little woozy.