So the Spring has begun and I'm starting to see the fruits of my labors from last year. During the winter I shortened the chain link fence of the dog run by 8 feet thus adding another 8' x 8' plot of garden, doubling the existing size. I also transplanted my rhubarb from elsewhere in my yard to the garden area and it is already starting to grow this spring as well as the strawberries I planted last year.
Late last fall I extended a couple of my flower beds out and used the sod I removed to fix some bare patches. It seems to be taking rather nicely!
The areas I laid down weed barrier and remulched have reduced my weeding by at least half. It is supposed to be a beautiful weekend so I am planning on laying some more weed barrier and getting some more mulch.
The big plan this year is to replace the existing deck with a deck built with Trex-like material so no need to stain again. Right now that is scheduled for a May project. Hope to post a lot of pictures as the work begins.