I took advantage of the Indian Summer weather today and decided to tackle my neglected perennial hedge.
I found a thick layer of "natural mulch" on the bottom of the lush greens. There were 15 years of wet leaves and rich soil. I cut and dug up the start of maple trees, yellow day lilies and dry hydrangeas. I dug up plenty of earthworms and found a handful of toads in the wet mulch. I also encountered mosquitos - lots of them. And let me tell you, mosquitos love me.