Spring is here –although it feels more like we skipped spring and went straight to summer here in Kentucky! Either way it means time to start yard work. Everything started blooming here about two weeks earlier than normal which means I’m actually behind on getting some trimming done. Last week was spring break and a perfect opportunity to get some work done (in other words put the boys to work!).
The landscape beds got weeded. The garage got a good sweeping and the bug man came to do the yearly pest control. I used the “haircut” method again this year for the shrubs which saved a lot of time when it came to clean up.
Everything was starting to look good except for one sorely neglected area. The HVAC unit. A couple of years ago I put stones around the unit so the mower wouldn’t cut the wire that stuck out near the ground but that’s about as much love as it as seen. The area was full of random dried leaves and weeds.
I had seen several pins on Pinterest that detailed using boiling water to get rid of leaves. Other than losing a little bit of time this method wouldn’t cost me anything. So off to boil water I went. I don’t have a kettle so I used a couple of sauce pans. I did add a little table salt to each of pots.
If you use this method be extra careful when pouring the water on the weeds. Boiling water can splash back on feet and legs if poured too high above the ground.
I got busy and didn’t get to check on the weeds until a few days later. And to my surprise the weeds were gone! I did have a few stragglers that I’m sure I missed the first time but I simply boiled some more water to take care of these.
Now with a little mulch the area looks much better!