Dwight, Halley, her friend Michael and I have been working in the backyard all day trying to destroy an English ivy mat that has taken over the place. When we had dogs, we sort of let them have run of the yard, but now they both passed away from old age and since Halley's home from college and mosquito season is over, she felt it was time to tackle this problem. The ivy was probably planted in our woodsy neighborhood sometime in the 50s or 60s and all the neighbors have had a terrible time erradicating it. Now it's our turn.

We're starting in one corner of the yard and rolling it up like carpet, pulling up roots as we go. It's slow going and we are all very sore and scraped up. It's a lot of hard work for four out-of-shape people. If we were less scrupulous and had more money, we'd be tempted to hire some of the men who hire themselves out as day laborers.

We just ate some pizza and took a little break, but now it's back to the yardwork. Any tips to make this go easier? Can we just compost the ivy or do we need to bag it up and carry it to the curb?

Category: Blog post -- posted at: 4:41 PM
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