I can't believe it is March 10th and I am behind on garden chores already. Usually by now, I have completed the things I did today weeks ago. We are scheduled to be on the garden tour in 5 weeks (5 weeks!!!) and that should be enough to set a fire under a person.
Yesterday, I managed to get some outdoor painting done and today I had the morning to do the following -
Cut back the monkey grass - As you can see, there are some thick areas. The band that runs in front of the house (second photo) was planted here when we moved in and since that time, it widens more every year. I've even dug lots of it up and it doesn't faze it any.
Since mowing it down has always been difficult, I thought I would try using hedge trimmers. That didn't work well at all so I ended up using the mower and to my surprise, the electric mower did a great job. I adjusted it at the highest setting which is much higher than the old gas-powered mower.
A few weeks ago, I cut back the ornamental grasses but forgot this stand of miscanthus -
I did use the hedge trimmers for this and it just takes a second. Thank goodness for daylight savings time. At least I can work in the evenings. At this rate, I will probably be out there every evening for the next 5 weeks. In other news, about a million black birds stopped by the neighborhood this morning. They didn't stay long.