After my third shoulder surgery, I realized it was time to put away my shovel for all but the lightest of gardening and landscaping tasks.
Thank goodness for my 2012 1026R, which can make seemingly impossible chores a breeze -- almost fun.
Today I dug and transplanted two small shrubs, planted two more and enriched the soil with a few shovels full of fresh, rich topsoil.
Of course, I couldn't have done it without my "poor man's front-hoe", the bolt on shovel for the H120 loader that I have used again and again.
You can even lose your perspective moving stuff around so easily. I dug out one of the non-thriving shrubs and scooped out the hole to make room for the roots on the larger plant and mulch. In one pass, I picked up the bigger plant and put it next to the hole. I climbed off the tractor and thought "let me just scooch this sucker into the hole by hand". Yikes! The plant and that root ball was WAY heavier than it looked.
In any case, In a couple of hours I was all finished and enjoying a cold beverage and some lunch.
My dad, who owned a large commercial construction company and taught me to drive a front-end loader and a Case 530 fork lift before I could drive a car, would have been proud!