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      04-05-2012 05:53 PM #1
      Psyched for some spring projects coming up, fire pit, fence and major landscaping. Got anything good planned OT?
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      04-05-2012 05:57 PM #2
      I did until we bought a house with mature landscaping on 3/4 of an acre. It's beautiful but a real pita. Especially now that we are looking at redoing all of it and getting bids in the $20-30k range.

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      04-05-2012 05:57 PM #3
      I like doing yard work, but live in an apartment for the foreseeable future
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    4. 04-05-2012 05:58 PM #4
      Getting a small excavator in the next couple weeks to rebuild the outflow of my pond... It was so nice a couple weeks back that I did all my normal May type raking and hedge trimming stuff. Other than that I think I will be mowing and getting the garden prepped within the next month as well.

    5. 04-05-2012 06:06 PM #5
      Mowing the lawn is one of those simple tasks that allow me to mentally relax for a couple of hours. It's like a form of meditation.

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      04-05-2012 06:08 PM #6
      weed whacking is like a noisy zen.

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      04-05-2012 06:08 PM #7
      I love cutting the grass. It's totally mindless, but looks so damn good when it's done.

      I could be a lawn dog if I needed to make some spending dough in retirement.
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      04-05-2012 06:16 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by sjpassat View Post
      Mowing the lawn is one of those simple tasks that allow me to mentally relax for a couple of hours. It's like a form of meditation.
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      04-05-2012 06:17 PM #9
      I enjoyed working landscaping except for doing mindless tasks over and over. It was fun putting in irrigation systems and building retaining walls, but planting a billion trees and shrubs got old.
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      04-05-2012 06:17 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by sjpassat View Post
      Mowing the lawn is one of those simple tasks that allow me to mentally relax for a couple of hours. It's like a form of meditation.
      I could see that. However I have terrible seasonal allergies. So for me, mowing the grass is like suffering in the pits of hell. So I hike and fish instead.


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      04-05-2012 06:28 PM #12
      I would love to be put in charge of spiffing up the landscaping at our house. I've offered to do it before. My parents look at me like I have lobsters crawling out of my ears. Meanwhile, in regards to what my parents say they will do with our house's landscaping, the "plans-to-results" ratio is reliably 2-1 with a timespan that grew by an exponent value.
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      04-05-2012 06:38 PM #13
      By yard work you mean tending to my vine... and my bush. Then yes. I LOVE it.







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      04-05-2012 06:44 PM #14
      ^ damn, that's a really cool looking place.

      oddly enough, my parents house is a similar "colonial blue" (sans white trim) with a dark red door, so i like that look a lot.
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      04-05-2012 06:53 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by n0rdicalex. View Post
      ^ damn, that's a really cool looking place.

      oddly enough, my parents house is a similar "colonial blue" (sans white trim) with a dark red door, so i like that look a lot.
      My only real complaint about the house (which I'm addressing this weekend) is the "superman" front door. I'm obsessed with glossy black front doors like 10 Downing Street. So this weekend it's getting sanded and painted and then I'm installing pewter color knobs/knocker/mail slot. I also replaced the all the front facing shades with motorized woven wooden shades for more privacy (but still lets light in).

      I want to tear out that "vine" in the front but the house will look so bare without it... so I have no idea how to address the issue without slapping up a bunch of flower boxes.

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      04-05-2012 07:04 PM #17
      I have some big plans for the yard this year. I am going to have it air orated or whatever the poking holes in the yard is to help growth. Planting seeds, peat moss, top soil, planting flowers, cutting some branches off some trees, getting the shrubs perfect, getting the yard as nice as possible as I'm listing the house as for sale this year.

      As far as yard work goes, I hate it. Cutting the grass is not bad as it's an easy job that leaves you with big results. I usually prefer to get some degree of drunk as hell or baked as well and have the tunes going the entire time to distract me as much as possible from how much I hate yard work. Out at the cabin it's a little better as it's just raking, bagging, and cutting grass yet at my house it's serious as I want to sell so the pressure is on.

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      04-05-2012 07:16 PM #18
      I like yard work. I hate being indoors when it's nice out. And once I'm done, nothing better than sitting outside with the dogs, reading, and enjoying all your hard work.
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      04-05-2012 07:20 PM #19
      Ugh, hate it. I have a grease thumb, not a green thumb.

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      04-05-2012 07:23 PM #20
      I just re-did a section of fence last weekend. That muscle between my thumb and index finger is still sore from post hole digging.

      I need to finish my back yard this summer. Garden, playhouse and flower garden. Plus all of the other stuff.

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      04-05-2012 07:31 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by titleist1976 View Post
      I just re-did a section of fence last weekend. That muscle between my thumb and index finger is still sore from post hole digging.

      I need to finish my back yard this summer. Garden, playhouse and flower garden. Plus all of the other stuff.
      I'm definitely jealous of having a back yard / lawn. One thing I miss about living state side. In London it'd cost you 8+ million pounds for a 50 ft backyard or you could move 1/2 hour outside the city limits but the transit to the city for work would be atrocious and I'd get wrecked in taxes for it.

      I have no idea what I'll do when the baby is born- I love living in the city, but I know having a yard when I was a kid was part of growing up. I want my kid to not have to play on concrete or in the community garden.

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      04-05-2012 07:55 PM #22
      just added a small pond to my small yard.



      love my yard though... i spend every sunny day with my sliders completely open.
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      04-05-2012 07:56 PM #23
      literally just walked in the door from spending 2 hours edging my sidewalk. not a single person will notice but me, and I'm ok with that.

      I get a little crazy, mowing different patterns into the lawn: checkers, argyle, alternating lines.

    23. 04-05-2012 07:59 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by synthsis View Post
      literally just walked in the door from spending 2 hours edging my sidewalk. not a single person will notice but me, and I'm ok with that.

      I get a little crazy, mowing different patterns into the lawn: checkers, argyle, alternating lines.
      I like when you get them so that no matter where you look, there is a line going away from you.

      And I would notice your edging work

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      04-05-2012 08:01 PM #25
      No.

      It'll be a lot nicer once we can afford to cement in half the back yard and put up some sort of covering. Cheap ass builders only put a 2x2 pad and the rest is grass.


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      04-05-2012 08:04 PM #26
      I do! I luvs me sum green grass
      what's funny is I use to hate it but as I get older I'm picky as hell about it.
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      04-05-2012 08:18 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by synthsis View Post
      literally just walked in the door from spending 2 hours edging my sidewalk. not a single person will notice but me, and I'm ok with that.

      I get a little crazy, mowing different patterns into the lawn: checkers, argyle, alternating lines.
      My crazy neighbor has a zero turn with the drum blades that roll the grass how he wants it. He does some sick checker boards.
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      04-05-2012 08:21 PM #28
      Just finished detailing a van all day and looked at the landscaping of my duplex.

      It looks like crap.

      So I went out with a shovel and did some edging and picked up all the God-knows-what the previous renters had left behind. Cigarello tips, toys, old phone books. Disgusting.

      Going to redo the side "landscaping" next to my garage, mostly just for the people who have to look at it all the time. They're redoing their whole house and yard, so I figure they should have something nice to look at.

      Now if I can figure out a way to make my landlord foot the bill for materials...

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      04-05-2012 08:29 PM #29
      I love love love yard work, I miss maintaining the zen forest at my now rental house - One of the few things I miss about living there, although I do plan to drop by and make sure my tenants are not ****ing up all the hard work I put in, and are cross cutting the front lawn weekly, and edging haha
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      04-05-2012 08:32 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by synthsis View Post
      literally just walked in the door from spending 2 hours edging my sidewalk. not a single person will notice but me, and I'm ok with that.

      I get a little crazy, mowing different patterns into the lawn: checkers, argyle, alternating lines.
      I do the same thing
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      04-05-2012 08:33 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by Egz View Post
      Ugh, hate it. I have a grease thumb, not a green thumb.
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      04-05-2012 08:33 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by sjpassat View Post
      Mowing the lawn is one of those simple tasks that allow me to mentally relax for a couple of hours. It's like a form of meditation.
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      04-05-2012 08:33 PM #33
      Anyone use Scott's step treatment? I just bought the early spring one today. Raking and spreading tomorrow. After a trip to the packi of course. 6 pack of harp and some backwoods.
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      04-05-2012 08:38 PM #34
      I enjoy mowing the lawn on nice days. This year, I am making a patio with a cover so we can eat dinner outside on nice days.

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      04-05-2012 08:43 PM #35
      I honestly used to enjoy doing yard work until kids were mixed into the equation.
      Now doing yard work is just another chore that I have to do when/if I have time.
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