If you guessed the Mommy Machine, you'd be wrong. What good are husbands if not for shoveling, hauling, and raking out topsoil?! I must admit he did a beautiful job on this patch of formerly ugly, grassless ground. (It's still grassless, but at least it now is seeded, fertilized, and ready to sprout in 7–10 days!)
We have a difficult choice ahead of us regarding which evergreens to plant along this stretch. Do we head out to the back of our property and transplant some baby spruce?(Cons: labor intensive, no guarantee that they'll make it through next winter, high risk of spindliness. Pros: free.)
Or do we head over to our local nursery and purchase the trees? (Pros: nice tree shape, one-year guarantee, my back can handle lifting them out of the truck and dropping them in the ground. Cons: expensive.)
I'm leaning toward the free option, but my husband keeps reminding me that our trees won't serve their purpose, which is to provide a natural sight barrier. Their sparce branches won't offer much privacy. He wants to go with a row of hardy junipers. So I'm thinking a compromise: alternate spruce with juniper. Stayed tuned for the thrilling conclusion.
Dinner last night: Memorial Day barbecue (cheeseburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, watermelon)