This was the first really nice Spring-y day that we have had this year. We have had some that let us know that spring was coming; but then the next week, it was freezing and snowing. Now, we seem to be past the worst of the bad weather, and even though I am sure we will sill have some cold periods, we are basically heading into warmer weather. Today, @Bobby Cole and I worked out in the yard for most of the the day, at least the warmest parts. We have a lot of trees, and the neighbor has some huge old pine trees, right next to the fence by our front yard, so we are always getting pine needles. We leave the pine needle and leaves on the ground over winter to protect the ground, and also to help prevent erosion from the rains during the winter. Today, I raked the pine needles out from under the trees so the little spring flowers and plants can start coming up, and Bobby took the lawn mower and ran it over the mounded up needles and that mulched some of them , and put the rest into the grass-catcher on the mower so he could bag them up and get rid of the needles. The leaves, we mulch up and use for compost. The next project will be to get out my little electric tillers and work the soil under the trees, where I have the shade gardens, and then I can put in some spring bedding plants . I love spring, and I love yard work. I have to be mostly inside during the heat of summer; so I usually start on the yard and garden projects as early as possible each spring. Edit to add: an extra benefit of this is when I entered all of the information into my fitness tracker, it said that I had burned almost 3000 calories, and walked several miles ........now that makes yard work REALLY GREAT ! !