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this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
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Thursday, November 19, 2015

country n news-help of many


i do the landscape planning for the williamson county
habitat for humanity
i take what the new home owner wants with the confines
of how much money is left over at the end of construction
what donations of supplies and plants
are made for the project

sometimes theres not much money or much supplies or
plants available so i do what i can to make the
place look as nice as possible
knowing what the restrictions are to make a landscape plan

then the biggest contributions are made by volunteers
who help clean up the lot
move tons of debris
cut down old shrubs old fences old barbwires
old trash like bottles metal you name it we find it
on the property some of it buried

these volunteers work hard
sometimes in oppressive heat and freezing weather
rarely are there complaints
im always amazed to watch especially the high school kids
who work so hard to help out
as i say i always feel good about our future after
working with these kids
this group from westwood and rouse high schools worked
hard clearing trees and brush
this group from fort worth worked hard clearing bush
briers trash limbs and trees from the lot
this group from a local austin school raked the lot
removed lots of vines and rocks and limbs
moved mulch and logs to get the lot ready for
the landscape mix and eventual sodding
this group from a local church worked hard cleaning the lot
placing landscape mix prepping the yard for seeding of
grass and laying of sod as well as moving wheelbarrows
of soil to level the yard

here is the finished landscape
the lava rock along the front and side was donated several months
ago by my wife shes friend
it was removed from her house by togd since she was
relandscaping her yard
thanks again cm

the white rock along the bed in the front was donated by
a little ole lady from andice who called me and said
do you want these rocks i have at my house
folks there were 3 truckloads i pulled from that place

the crepe myrtle was donated by a friend who grew it from
a small plant from his yard
ive had it saved at my house for several months
thanks to m&dc

the 3 shrubs called dwarf yaupon hollies were bought
from circle d nursery at a reduced price as well as
the garden soil in the bed
i get a reduced price almost 50% since its used for habitat

that tree in the front of the picture above is a cedar elm
it was found a year ago all vined up surrounded by brush
fencing hackberries ligustrums
i marked it to protect it
removed everything around it
its parent across the tree is a huge old cedar elm that must
be proud of its child
that once released has doubled in size

then the final laying of sod applying landscape mix for the sod
cleaning up the lot prior to sodding was done by this
great group of volunteers one being my wife she
yes weve learned we can work together
she just doesnt work directly with me
its better that way

through the kind donations and volunteering of many
we were able to do the landscape for the new home owner
to make this property stand out in the neighborhood
one she and her kids can be proud of

its all worth it
sure feels good inside when we are done

it takes a village

the organicgreen doctor

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