On the plus side of cooler weather, we were able to get outside to do some exterior home work. It was tough to get out earlier in the summer to do yard work. We had a lot of rain, some intense heat or, on the days when neither of those occurred, busy schedule. We pretty much did nothing out there except mow the lawn and it sure shows. The above photo shows one of our daylilies looking very sad.
Since we know that we will be moving, we need to not only consider paring down our stuff inside of the house, but also keeping up with maintenance duties outside of the house. With about 5000 sf of yard to take care of, we need to think ahead by preparing now.
We have not yet decided when we will put the house on the market. Selling the house is not something we want to rush into but we also want to allow enough time to sell it. We have briefly discussed putting it on the market next year as it could take a year to sell it. If we do actually put it on the market next spring, then we’re not nearly ready so we need to act as if that is our goal. Getting some of the yard work done now as opposed to doing it in the spring will really help. There’s nothing we can do with the landscaping outside in the winter so now is the time to make a dent in the agenda.
Yesterday, we took advantage of the cooler weather. Lou pressure washed the deck as well as the front walkway. He’ll be staining the deck within the week so it needed a good cleaning with time to dry. I focused on digging out the hostas and daylilies on the side of the house. There was a decent amount of weeding that needed to be addressed. Since the plants had not been split in a few years and were very overgrown, splitting was taken care of as well.
Today we have some Freecylers coming for free hostas and daylilies. Yesterday, I confirmed my desire to have very little yard (if none at all) going forward in life. My gardening days may be over as I no longer have a passion for it.