- Jan 23, 2011
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That's a lot of straw. What kind of backyard operation do you run? We have a few chickens and it's like 4 bales and we're good ad infinitum.
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No more chickens. HOA does not allow them. Our house sits on an acre and there are quite a few flower beds but really it's just an expanse of pine straw....That's a lot of straw. What kind of backyard operation do you run? We have a few chickens and it's like 4 bales and we're good ad infinitum.
If you weren't spending so much on lighting, this wouldn't be a big deal.The lawn guy at our new house texted me the normal "spring cleanup" he did for the previous owner. The cost is laughable and said it usually needs 220 bales of pine straw, a mere 50 more bales than someone else estimated.
That's basically where I am. Now that I got my BidenBux, we have one dead pine to get removed (assuming tornadoes don't take care of it for me tomorrow). That's the last of the "day 1" stuff I'm planning to contract out.My tree guy is coming next week taking out 6-8 trees, big haircuts for all of the remaining, cutting down dead stuff removing general scruff and crap (no stump grinding, just flush cut) $3k. I am thrilled at the price and quantity of crap coming down. Should be a very good week! Yard clean up the week after that
After that (mock me if you will) we are caught up on all of the shit that was just ignored by the... impecunious?...cheap?...will never know....previous owners.
Because you are my friend, I am going to share a secret list of things I will never do:That's basically where I am. Now that I got my BidenBux, we have one dead pine to get removed (assuming tornadoes don't take care of it for me tomorrow). That's the last of the "day 1" stuff I'm planning to contract out.
The next major project is replacing the retaining wall, which I'm going to try to DIY. Might regret that, but I can't afford $10-15k to contract it out. It's probably going to be $5k in material alone between block, gravel, drainage. That's not including demo/disposal of the current railroad tie wall (can't just rent a dumpster because of the creosote). I might have to rent a mini skid steer and/or mini excavator. That should be fun.
This weekend's project is removing and patching the wall registers we had moved.
$3k is a great price, though. $750 is the best quote I got to take down a single dead pine. I have another arborist coming to look at everything and (hopefully) come up with a longer term plan. There are a lot of overgrown "weed" trees potentially choking out desirable trees that need to be taken care of plus a lot of neglected pruning.
Its all about dat prep work!It's about 3'. Not terrible, except for the fact that it's like 75-80' long.
I'm looking at a modern system like Techo Bloc or VersaLok. They seem pretty foolproof with the locking pins as long as you start with a level base.
The parts that scare me are demoing the existing wall and excavating for drainage.