I've been busy outside in the unusually decent January weather. We went 10 days here without it getting below freezing and THAT is a rare event. The average low temp is 26F here now.
So I took advantage of the weather and got a trailer-load of compost from a local nursery. I load the stuff into buckets in a yard cart and use the riding mower to haul it to the destination. Buckets are easier to dump than shovelfuls...
And spread it out. There are some weeds poking up, but most will be smothered.
I have been meaning to set up an island planting are in the front yard for 20 years. I planted that saucer magnolia tree and the big rock there years ago with the island idea in mind. I FINALLY got around to doing the island edging.
Bitter laughter... It came back as a multiple-trunked tree. I am going to use my "Saws-All" to cut the roots at the property line this Spring, pour in some Roundup hoping to kill the tree, and put cuttings of leftover edging against the roots hoping to keep then from regrowing to the existing roots in my yard.
But meanwhile, the tree dropped all its leaves. I had 2 thoughts. First, the heavy layer of leaves would kill all the grass on my side yard and the neighbors. The neighbor abandoned the house in foreclosure, BTW...
Second, I would have to look at all the dead grass on the neighbor's lawn (I raked all the leaves from my lawn). So, I raked up all his leaves too. He doesn't care; he is gone. And I could use them...
I filled up the edged area around the Saucer Magnolia after I set in the edging, and I will move the leaves I raked up from my yard to add to that.
I'll plant some deer-resistant annuals there this Spring, but the main plan is to fill the bed with daffodils, ivy, and any perennials that deer don't like.
And anything that means less mowing is always good!