The main portion of the back yard isn't too bad. Not as squishy. The sun gets to it. The moles visit so every once in a while your foot goes in a hole. My dog has the lovely task of digging after them so there are several ankle twisters in the center lawn. She takes her job very seriously with me yelling at her to stop. She just looks up at me with that cute face. She's five now and my yard still looks like it did when she first arrived and decided that digging was her favorite thing. You throw in a few old toys and you have a den that she calls home. It's up against the fence by an old fern. She's carved out a nifty place with all the comforts that a Golden would want, a bit of dirt with a squeekie ball thrown in.
The other side lawn is ok for something that's made it through a frozen Winter. No mole holes and just a few spots of moss. The weeds though have flourished with the cold wetness.
Today I decided on doing just the leaves in the front yard. That's the area by the fence and house but not the driveway or the wooded area. I raked and swept and than my shoulder gave out. I called my son to help and he got the blower out of the shed. It took him several tries to get it started and by the time he did, I was laughing. He looked so cute and grown up. Normally, his Dad does the blower but he told me he knew how to do it, which he did.
While I was raking, I found that my violets were blooming under a bile of leaves. I'd forgotten they were under all that brown debris. I bought them when I first moved here. I have several clumps but it's taken years for them to spread. I'll have to transplant some of them to other parts of my yard.
I walked the driveway this morning. There are lots of leaves but not many weeds. They are thinking of joining though, I'm sure. A tiny daffodil made it through and on the other side a hyacinth is trying to open. My roses there look old and worn out. They never did do well but I had to try.
My cherry trees are forming their early Spring buds. I have late bloomers which I like. The two by the house bloom first. They are singles with a light almost white pink color. The trees down the driveway bloom later and are doubles that look like the kind in parks. When the wind blows, it looks like someone sprinkled pink all down my driveway.
Now, it's time to make a list of what I need to do. Will I get it all done ? I don't know. My yard is big and has always been more than I can handle but I like living in the woods with moles and moss. It's kind of fun.