Change is never easy, ask anyone who has tried to eat better or exercise more. The challenge of change only multiplies when you have to set aside time to do it. You get used to your routine, and you can even get used to seeing your trashy side yard, but I never anticipated how much work even the slightest change would require. When I started this journey and blog I was expecting the upfront cost of money, time and effort to make my homestead viable, but the continued maintenance has caught me a little by surprise. It shouldn’t have, but it did.
Having a lawn is so easy. You mow it, and maybe water it if you’re so inclined. That’s it. I know some people use fertilizer, lime, grub X, etc., and they coo over each blade, but for most of us it’s either mow it or hire someone to mow it. Other than my potted plants, that was the extent of my outside work. Now the side yard; that was even easier! Ignore it. Maybe even add something to make it worse like an old box, or a rusting appliance. Continue reading