Saturday, 2 October 2010
Those pesky crab apples
Oh my. It is all very stressful inside at the moment, what with the lack of heating and all. So I've decided to turn my attention outside to autumn lawn care, and continue fighting what I consider an annual battle with my crab apples. Whilst anything to do with grass The Queen of Clean usually takes care of, the crab apple sweeping seems to have become my job.
They always seem to defeat me. The carnage starts late August/beginning of September and becomes a slight obsession of mine. The aim is to keep the lawn clear. I have two trees in the front garden that have grown from manageable ornamental trees to crab apple breeding monsters. I can be found at all hours, and in all weathers out there with my pink bucket and plastic rake. In fact I think the neighbours think I have lost the plot (although a particularly house proud one is quite relieved that I bother and sometimes comes out to help me). The irony is that I'm usually quite laid back about these things but those crab apples awaken some 'Hyacinth Bucket' tendencies in me.
Aside from everyone treading in the mush (I don't have a clear path to the front door so it is inevitable they get trodden on) they can't be good for the grass can they?
One positive is that this time has come to mark a change in season, a time that I anticipate at the height of summer I will feel sad about, but when it actually happens, and it's time to feel cosy and snug inside....I always enjoy more than I think I will.
And the trees...the trees will stay. Despite the abuse I've given them above they are actually quite pretty at every other time of year.
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