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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

THE UGLY SIDE OF SPRING

The more snow through the winter, and especially the longer it's on the ground, the uglier spring can look.

We had an extremely long winter this year and to boot we had a TON of snow on the ground. From October to April, to be exact! This year our area has had snow mold problems in the news, it's that bad.

Counter the ugly moldy lawns with all the sand and small gravel on the roads, alleys and parking lots from months of sanding trucks trying to keep the icy conditions down for the drivers. All of that is still sitting on the now bare pavement. And mud in a lot of places too. The tree brances are still bare, no buds yet but that will come.

To paint the entire picture in one brush stroke, it is butt ugleeee out there right now.

Proof in the puddin' here:

Our back lawn is normally nice and green in spring/summer/autumn. Then, remember our first snowfall, it was so early all the green leaves were still on the trees yet? A horrendously windy day blew them all on top of the snow. And now that the snow has melted, all of those gazillions of leaves have rotted into the lawn.






And this is all that's left of that snowpile that was almost as tall as me:

And that's a broken tree branch that fell to the snow along with all the green leaves last October.


The side yard, this taken last summer after hubby planted grass seed. Those are the bricks back to the doggy bathroom. And then another shot of the side yard now, all MUSH and mud.





Out front, here is some of the snow mold that's so bad. I was hoping that after this last snowfall and some sleety rain, that this would have been washed away.



And one of the front gardens as it looked before winter hit. And then what it looks like now.





I know that once again we'll have it looking good again. With the warm temperatures and sunny skies it won't be long before the trees will have buds turning green, and the flowering trees will have gorgeous colour on them. The street cleaners who have been waiting for the last vestiges of snow to melt will have gone around the city and cleaned up the sand and dirt, and some spring rains will help to clean everything up. The yellow/brown grass will turn green again and hubby will have to get out the mower. And first, we'll figure out how best to rid our lawns of snow mold.

But for now, we're seeing the ugly side of spring.

How is it in your area?

It is mid week as I finish typing this post, and as of tonight we've started getting rain. It's supposed to rain for the rest of the week so we'll see how much of the ugliness out there gets cleaned up.

Hope you all have a great week, take good care of each other!

PEACE!
Love Jude

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