Do you remember last year when I discovered the small black spots on our house and the cause? Well, over the past few months and with the Pres around all the time, we talked about the plan for this year. Deciding that we would be better off to eliminate the source of the "Artillery Fungus," I tackled the two day task head on.
The plan was to remove any and all mulch from the front garden beds, relocating it to the plantings along the fence far away from the house.
So, once the weather approached the forties, my friends (the rake, the shovel, the five gallon pail, the wheelbarrow and my work gloves) and I hit the dirt. I raked, shoveled, toted buckets all in an effort to eliminate the source.
Aside from a few chips here and there, it is all done...both garden beds (upper and lower) as well as the strips along the front walkway. As of now, we think we only want to plant grass on either side of the front walk for a few reasons. If we chose stone, I wouldn't be able to use the snow blower there next Winter.
I really don't want flowers along the walk in case people are allergic to bees. So grass seed will be put down in a week or so, then I'll just add a few shepherd hooks for hanging pots. The grass will be easily trimmed with the edger/weed whacker I bought myself last year.
In case you aren't familiar with "Artillery Fungus", click on the link near the pix for an eye opening read.