Big day working outside yesterday!
Yesterday was another extremely productive day of working outdoors. Lisa and I got started first thing in the morning, and we worked all day long without a break.
The most physically demanding of yesterday’s projects was the transport and planting of the three new Foxtail palms. Each of the 26-gallon Foxtail Palms weighed several hundred pounds, and had to be transported from the truck to the backyard, positioned and planted. I did this solo while Lisa worked on planting annuals in the front yard gardens. It was a beast of a workout!
Lisa and I both feel the Foxtails look much nicer than the banana plants that they replaced. I’m really happy with this major addition to the pond’s landscaping.
After the palms were in the ground, I went out front and helped Lisa plant the annuals. We had to go to two places to get all the Petunias we needed (almost 100), and were very happy that were were able to get our favorite color combination, red and dark purple. The Petunias are fast growers, and will develop into fairly large mounds of color that will bloom all through spring and summer. They pack a very impressive visual punch.
Next we planted all the peppers, tomatoes and herbs. We were able to get almost everything we wanted, but had to substitute a couple of peppers. We wound up with three different varieties of tomato, basil, rosemary, dill, cilantro, Anaheim peppers (we could not find Poblano), Barker’s New Mexico Red Chile (instead of serrano peppers), yellow bell peppers, green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers and habanero peppers. They were out of sweet snacking peppers, but they will be getting more in soon; we reserved a large planter for three of these wonderful tasting peppers.
The next project was a complete redesign of the butterfly garden. Many of the plants in the butterfly garden are annuals, and needed to be replanted and/or replaced. We’ve got several Bougainvillaea, a couple butterfly bushes, lots of red Salvia, purselane, red Pentas, pink Pentas, Misty Butterfly Scabiosa and a couple other things that I can’t recall right now.
I spread another yard of mulch, mostly in the butterfly garden. I still need another yard or so for the area around the two A/C heat pumps and the Azaleas that line the backyard fence, so that puts the grand total for this year at around 16 yards of mulch.
That was the last of the big outdoor projects. The rest of what’s on the list is a walk in the park compared to what I’ve accomplished this spring. Of course a big indoor spring cleaning and organization still awaits, and that’s going to take a couple of weekends.
Here’s where I stand on the outdoor projects…
These items have been completed:
- Pressure wash the paver driveway and walkway
- Pressure wash the sidewalks and street-side gutters and back patio
- Pressure wash the backyard fence (front facing)
- Pressure wash the house and the rain gutters
- Pressure wash the backyard fence (back facing)
- Pressure wash back patio
- Thoroughly clean grill
- Pressure wash and clean all patio furniture
- Fertilize all plants, trees, fruit trees, palms and flowers (front yard)
- Check function of automatic irrigation system for peppers, herbs and tomatoes
- Weed all flower beds (front yard)
- Trim all plants, trees, fruit trees and palms (front yard)
- Clean and adjust all outdoor security cameras
- Fertilize all plants, trees, fruit trees, palms and flowers (back yard/pond)
- General pond maintenance (replace/clean filters, check auto-fill/timer function, adjust rocks, adjust pond and path lighting etc.)
- Trim all plants, trees, fruit trees and palms (back yard/pond)
- Weed all flower beds (back yard/pond)
- Spread 5 yards of mulch (back yard/pond)
- Re-design and add plants to flower bed to right of walkway (where the Queen palm was removed)
- Install stone walkway leading into backyard at fence gate.
- Clean all exterior windows/screens
- Clean all outdoor lighting fixtures, check motion sensors, replace bulbs as needed
108 yards of mulch (front yard)
- Clean and organize entire garage/bike shop
- Remove banana plants by pond
- Select and plant this year’s crop of peppers, herbs and tomatoes
- Plant Foxtail Palms where banana plants were removed
- Plant hundreds of annuals and assorted other plants
Remaining to do:
- Caulk and touch up paint exterior of the home
- Check entire sprinkler system for coverage and leaks, adjust/repair as required (10 zones)
- Wash automobiles and do full Zaino treatment