Friday, June 15, 2018

Good Yardkeeping

More smokers in the neighborhood and escalating demands for water conservation have posed an interesting problem in managing this small landscape. Last year I began to water after ignoring irrigation for twenty years. We also planned and have half executed a three-foot wide firebreak around the house.

I keep the hoses ready to go, and today is the day my calendar reminds me to bring fire tools out of storage and set them up in the front hall. The in-house field science guy came home from a dig raving about the McLeod rake/hoe/stomper he had been using, so our version will be front and center, too. The tool is ideal for grooming the front bank, and I see from checking the spelling on-line that the trail bike community likes McLeod as well as I do. It stands on its own and makes a good coat rack.

A simple flat broom and a couple of shovels complete the batterie de brush fire -30-

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