Monday, May 19, 2014

Ash Saturday

During our last Lumberjack Day, we were able to burn a giant pile of brush in the west yard. It went up quickly and smoldered for a week until finally becoming a dormant field of gray glop. This large area is the site Pat and Kathleen selected as the altar location for their September wedding . . . so it was time to scoop up the ash, smooth out the dirt, and get some grass seed planted. Luckily, Saturday was a "top 10" weather day so it was easy to stay outside and get it done.

The first load of ash was from the fire pit. 
We scooped up what we could and loaded it in the bed of the Ranger.
The big area was much more of a challenge. Scott scraped the surface with a hoe, creating little hills of ash for me to scoop up. 
I lost track but I think we took 7 loads of ash to the east dump site. 
I didn't realize how much work it was until Sunday morning when I woke up with my shoulders and back throbbing.  Boo Hoo!  Old ladies really shouldn't be forced into servitude like this!
The final pile of ashes.
This area on the northeast edge of our property is a huge dump site full of felled trees, old tires, broken windows and who knows what all. We plan to hire someone with a front-end loader some day to haul it all away. Any volunteers? 
With the ash removed, Scott was free to harrow.
He smoothed the area to prepare it for seed. 
The Sower
Now we just need nature to take over:  
sunshine + rain = green grass.
Stay Tuned for Our Next Adventure!

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