Fall In The Woodland Garden

Fall Cleanup At The woodland GardenWith Fall in high gear my trip to the woodland garden today did not much surprise me. Most are the leaves are down now so cleanup will begin.

Today I was able to clean up about 1/4 of the lot starting in the front. I will be going out about 4 more times between now and Thanksgiving to get all the leaves up off the lawn area and beds..

While certainly the leaves in a woodland garden would normally be left to decompose and feed the soil the woodland garden is more of a landscape park area and requires a lot of maintenance to the lawns and planting beds.

This Was A Lost Year

While normally we would be at the woodland garden every weekend from April through October this was actually my first trip this year. Due to family issues we had to attend to and the extreme heat we had this summer the woodland garden was put on hold.

One Season Of NeglectSo now this Fall i will attempt to make up for lost time. I must admit that it was a bit overwhelming at first glance and I was a bit annoyed at myself. Last year I talked a bit about letting a good portion go back to it’s natural state and just maintaining a portion of the property.

Well as you can see it does not take much time to become overgrown. Having seen the property in this state made me quickly re-evaluate my idea of making the woodland garden more natural.

So out came the chain saw and the weed eater and off to work I set. It will take some time to repair what I neglected but the place would just not be the same. I must admit that partially it was laziness on my part for not taking action sooner.

As humans we all seem to be good at justifying or actions or in this case inaction. One thing I always have prided myself in was to be sure to go above and beyond with any work I have done. After my visit to the woodland garden today then watching Holmes on Homes tonight  it really did bother me. I am a big Mike Holmes fan because I truly believe that he is one of those people that wants to make things he sees wrong made right. So when he said Do It Right The First Time tonight it struck me that I was slacking off that principal so hence the work will be done this fall.

My Inspiration

So this is My  Inspiration after cleaning around the bench sitting area above I realized that it was time to get up off my butt and get the place back into shape.

If you are not all in then I feel like you are just wasting time and I guess this was a rude reminder. While raking leaves is not all that exciting if you focus no the end results than the job becomes much more important and you can easily motivate your self to get it done.

It is a process when you set out to build a garden and when you skip a step or do not do it well the results always show up in the final product

So now that I have been motivate I am sure you will see a big improvement in the woodland garden in the next post as I set about making things right.

The Way It Should LookFor Those Who Were Wondering

Thsi Is The Way It Should Look

About Glenn

Glenn Bronner is a professional groundskeeper with over 45 years of horticultural experience. Glenn is a published author of hundreds of articles on gardening and gardening related subjects. Glenn gardens in zone 5 in the Chicagoland area. You may visit him at http://www.glenns-garden.com http://thewoodlandgarden.com http://backyardvegetablegardening.com http://bagreenthumb.com http://mastergardenermagazine.com
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