It's been very wet from late winter through spring with a wet week predicted again for next week. The suburban lifestyle on Long Island is a little different that of from posters with riding mowers. The spring and fall cleanups and the mowing is done by the landscaping contractor. I take care of the rose bushes, decorative shrubbery like Japanese maples, lilacs, smoke trees, and evergreen and rose hedges that we use for privacy. I also do the spring planting. I lost count at 50 bushes and shrubs that need regular attention and each year I plant more. The way I look at it is that it's cost and time effective to let the landscaper take care of the lawn and cleanup. I barely have time for the decorative plantings. And I found out two years ago when I was out of commission for a month because of surgery that care of anything more than the lawn can't be trusted to a contractor who wants to get on and off the property as quickly as possible. I'm hoping for a few warm and dry weeks. I have outdoor furniture that needs attention and there's not much I can do with it while it's sodden.