Fall is my favorite season… Last time we had AC on was back in August and we just fired up the gas furnace a couple of weeks ago. We usually get 4 months per year where HVAC sits switched off. If we need to cool down the house we use box fans. If it gets cold we open all the curtains to passively heat with the sun. Sometimes I fantasize about living in a place like San Diego where the weather is always perfect. Although I bet plenty of people in San Diego still run the AC. We have neighbors that never open their windows too, which never ceases to amaze me when we are out on a perfect day. Continue Reading
Ask almost anyone with a yard about grass maintenance and they will fire off a long list of maintenance tasks with a few expletives mixed in. Those lush weed-free manicured green lawns you see require a ton of work and, more often than not, a whole landscaping crew to maintain a picture-perfect appearance. There is cutting, edging, blowing, aerating, seeding, watering, fertilizing, weeding, dethatching and leaf collecting. Continue Reading
I really wanted it to work… I was tired of my noisy gas guzzling push mower that spewed nasty smoke and needed regular maintenance just like any other internal combustion engine (ICE) machine. Then one day after my gas mower required 20 hard pulls to start instead of one I said “enough is enough” and went online to research reel push mowers. Continue Reading
Writing a post about procuring free mulch and building frugality muscles with MulchFit, I recalled another recent DIY adventure that at least a couple of people out there might appreciate. Every week during the grass growing season I would get annoyed when it was time to mow a small side yard area between the driveway and the fence. Due to its size, shape and surrounding objects it would take a disproportionate amount of time to cut and trim the grass. My solution was to Xeriscape it all with mulch and giddily reprogram our sprinkler system to forever turn off irrigation of “Zone 1”.
I’m still sore today! You know that pain that hits your whole body the day after doing your first workout after a prolonged time away from the gym? Kinda like that but it wasn’t a workout that caused this – it was mulch. I spent the whole day Saturday shoveling mulch and carting it around my yard. Why would anyone need 6 truckloads of mulch?
Attention: when you see the word “musings” in the title of a post it’s bound to become lengthy. I promise there is an actual step-by-step DIY with pictures showing sprinkler winterization process. If that’s all you are looking for, just scroll to the bottom. Otherwise, let’s begin…