Never Eating Chives Again

I feel like it’s been forever since I gave an update. Last week totally messed me up with David’s birthda, and the 4th, but I’m back!!

Now that David (mostly) finished the dog run fence, it was time to focus on the inside area of the dog run. Our dog is super picky about where he goes potty. It’s so ridiculous how high maintenance pugs are. He goes fine in grass, but when he poops, he digs it all up. He has long claws, so the dirt or mud after the snow or rain gets stuck in his paws and then he runs around like a Tasmanian devil while we try to clean him up. It’s just too much when I also have an insane baby to chase around. In our Scoria Lane yard, we had grass and replaced it with bark chips that were easy to clean, and the dog had no issues doing his business in them.  We thought that putting some mulch in this yard will make less of a mess when he goes outside. Of course in some areas there is grass, but the main portion of his dog run is now mulch.

Let’s take it back a notch though…

The area that we planned on covering with mulch, was covered with chives. Yes, chives. So random because there is no garden there. Maybe the previous owners started a garden and didn’t maintain it, but I still don’t understand why anybody would plant so many chives. I mean the area was completely covered. It just doesn’t make sense. So obviously the first thing that David had to do was remove the darn chives. This was a lot more work than he anticipated which should’nt be a surprise to anyone.

We had to get all of the chives by the roots, but while he was working on that he noticed some old tree roots, and the sprinkler system wiring that was cut, spliced, and exposed. So after removing the tree root, digging a trench for the wires, and the burying the wires, it was time to dig out the chives. We wanted to make sure they stayed away…for good. So David sprayed the crap out of the area with some type of chemical so they won’t grow back (hopefully).

After he sprayed, he laid out some weed block, and then started to pour the mulch.  We went with black because we hope to paint our house.  We figured black would work with the colors we are debating between.  It might look weird now, but the space already looks 10x better, and we aren’t even done! There are still more areas with chives, as well as some areas where we need to plant some grass.  We really need to find a landscape architect to come help us with the ridiculous concrete situation as well.  Ah, the things we do for our pets!! If we continue to have no rain, hopefully this dog area will be complete within a week or two, and then on to the next project!

Until then, and most likely forever, I will never be eating chives again!

Dog Run Progress

This week really felt like it was super long.  Maybe it is the anticipation for a short week next week.  David’s brother is in town this weekend, so I doubt we will get much done.  I would say that we could use him for help with certain projects, but he isn’t really the handy type. So we shall see what happens!

Last weekend David made a little bit more progress on the dog run.  One side is completed, and one side is almost done but he ran out of materials mid way through.

So far, the dog has been enjoying marking his territory on the posts, now if only he will poop out there!

Dog Run

A dog run really hasn’t been a priority to us with all of the other stuff we have going on. However, with the dog still going potty in the house at least once a day, it was time to get this dog run started.

We truly need our yard completely redone, but that just isn’t happening this year. The dog run might have to change when we redo the yard, but for now, this will hopefully work. Even if it doesn’t, David’s making the fence really cute, unlike the nasty wiring he has up now. Poor neighbors probably feel like they are looking at such an eye sore when they look into our yard.

David put up posts this past weekend. Eli helped him mix the cement, so hopefully they stay up. Kidding. Maybe. He started nailing the wood to the posts once it set.

One mistake we made at compass pointe (which David didn’t tell me until last weekend) was that we didn’t use pressure treated  wood. It all makes sense now, we remember the paint peeling and the wood chipping and cracking shortly after building it. With the wood we are using this time around, it will surely remain put together.