Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Recycle It: Our Yard in MD

Trash?  Not all of it!

We recently (finally!) went to MD to complete the cleanup of the yard for our tenants. For such a small yard, we sure hauled out a LOT of debris!  Four bags of yard waste, a stack of old tires, countless bricks, and all of the pavers we had laid down.  We had to haul it all back here to Sage Alley, because we no longer have MD plates on our vehicles, and the tenants' vehicle was not at the house.  (They are friends and had said we could use their SUV to haul trash, if it was there.  We ended up going over on a week day, though, so they were at work.)

I figured we'd just make a run to our own transfer station later in the week, but to my surprise, we did not.  We are reusing everything we brought back!  The bags of yard waste were emptied into an open pit in our yard. It's sort of a dry compost or mulch pit.  A couple of the bags will be reused, as they did not have holes in them.  The tires will become potato boxes--I think we're going to have two.  The pavers will be used around the fire pit, which is currently just surrounded by grass, and the remaining pavers and the bricks will be used wherever we need them on the property.

Unfortunately, I don't think my large, old sage bush made it.  When we dug it up, it turned out to be three bushes, growing together.  We were going to replant them here, but now, we're not sure they are going to make it.  This makes me very sad, but we have a lot of new plants started in pots.  My partner did manage to replant one of the bushes.  We'll see how it does.  It's not the end of the world--just the end of an era.  Another reminder that I am, indeed, on a new path.

Our tenants now have a clean, if raggedy (temporarily) yard, which they can start to enjoy and design the way they want to.  They have asked for grass, and for simplicity's sake, we'll be hiring someone to lay in sod.  To seed would just create a mess, especially with all of the rain our region has had lately.  (At least I can write off the expense!)

Remember to be creative when you are getting rid of things.  Many things can be made into or reused as other things.  We really don't have to throw out as much as we do!

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