The joys of home ownership…

My least favorite joy of home ownership is easily the lawn.  I hate my lawn.  Actually, I very much like that we have a lawn.  What I do not like is that there is a creek very near the lawn that provides it with fresh weeds, spiders, and gophers every year (or more often).  I’m constantly at war with this axis of evil.

This year started with gopher holes popping up in the middle of our backyard.  Luckily I saw them probably hours after the first one appeared, and I quickly started my favorite tactic: Gopher Gassers.  In fact, my first attack, I taped three gassers together and threw them down the large fresh hole that had appeared literally overnight.  That kept them at bay for about a week, then a couple more holes.  A gasser (or two) in each of those holes, and we had a few weeks of peace.  I even bought a new solar-powered vibrating stake to ward them off (they had worked well the first year, but moisture (winter) had killed them).  I thought we were free, but then another hole popped up one morning.  Unfortunately for the gopher, it was a weekend, and I again gassed them.  That was a few weeks ago (I believe).  Victory.

This weekend though, we waged war on the weeds.  Actually, this was more like the rebuilding of the lawn after the end of last year’s war.  No matter how much weed killer with crabgrass control I sprayed on the crabgrass last year, the crabgrass would not be controlled.  So I got desperate and mixed up some full-blown weed and grass killer, and I went to town.  Apparently I underestimated the grass in “weed and grass killer” and also might have mixed it a little strong.  I did kill the crabgrass, but I also killed large patches of grass around the crabgrass.  So while the houses across the previously mentioned creek started having beautifully green lawns as spring sprung, we did not.

This weekend was mow, dethatch, and reseed.  Mowing alone made the poor lawn look better.  The reseeding went well, and while I watered, I decided to also preemptively strike at the third member of the axis of evil.  Using the new hose in the newly installed hose reel, I sprayed the lawn for bugs while I watered the new seed (can’t spray weed killer on new grass, so I couldn’t do that).  I highly recommend the Ortho Dial ‘n Spray that attaches right onto the concentrate bottles.  I have a tank sprayer that I’ve used before, and the hose sprayers are 1000x easier, plus you can spray your whole lawn instead of just spot treating.  (For bugs/weeds.)  Plus, I found these handy quick connect hose accessories, and they’re super handy.  They’ll be very handy for watering the lawn every evening since the irrigation available quite yet.

Sav would like a nice lawn for the kids to be able to play in, and I’m trying hard to make that a reality.  It’s definitely going to take some TLC this year.  Instead of weird guys trying to sell me lawn services coming to my house, I wish someone would tell me that I could get my whole lawn replaced with astro turf on the cheap.  A man can wish…

I do have one comfort with all this lawn drama.  A single coworker of mine recently bought a house.  I hope that he finds out just how fun maintaining a house is.

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