Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Lately I have been doing a few chores around the house Ė and buying a lot of stuff for the house. The BW wasnít up to cleaning up her room, so I painted the hallway instead. There were four doors that I needed to paint (including the inside of the two doors that face rooms which havenít yet been painted), and I replaced the hardware with new matching stuff on all four doors.
I bought another 16 feet of six-foot tall reed fence at the BWís direction, and we took down the old reed fence and put it in the toter for the trash men. Then I put up the new fence, and the BW didnít like it because it was more transparent than the old one (which I also bought at Home Depot a few years ago). The reeds were smaller and the gaps were bigger to make up 16 feet, if you pulled hard.
She took it back to the Home Depot, looked at what they had, and passed on the solid bamboo fence. It was too heavy and wouldnít fit on the privacy fence, so we went on line and finally found a split bamboo fence, held together with galvanized wire. We ordered that. It should be here in three weeks worst case, depending on the UPS busy season.
I mowed the lawn, collected all the peaches now, and sprayed both weed killer on the grass and oil on the grapes and trees. To make the BW happy I also sprayed something that is poisonous to humans on all the BWís flowers because something is eating them (snails?) and Neem oil on her herbs.
I had seven trays of zoysia grass plugs (at 18 plugs per tray) that I planted, in both the front and back yards, and a few trays of St. Augustine grass for bare patches. To keep them alive I have been watering daily. Owing to the drought, we can use reclaimed water only twice a week for irrigation, but itís on for four days a week. To make up for the dry days I used drinking water and a watering can to start because you need to water the plugs daily for at least a month to get them started. After a while, I bought a 100-foot hose from Costco and a hose cart from Home Depot, and just hooked a hose up to the drinking water for the three dry days. Itís no joke if you ever saw a plug turn from green grass to shrunken straw in one day. I was surprised because I couple of zoysia plugs I missed did come back after I missed them, but it took a couple of weeks to get them to look nearly as well as the others.
Then I started pulling weedelia up by hand. It is an exotic import from South America that is a good dry area plant. It will thrive without irrigation once it gets started. I bought $100 worth of it from a nursery to start, set up a mister and started hundreds of other plants on my own, and was well on my way to having it take over everything here. Unfortunately, it turns black and disappears in the winter, and Iím finally down to the same level as everyone else here Ė going for a St. Augustine grass yard. Itís coarse, but it grows like a weed and spreads over time. We have large areas of St. Augustine now, and there is even a lot of it on the tree lawn that was completely covered by weedelia.
I sprayed the weedelia by hand, and was able to kill some St. Augustine grass, but not the weedelia. That left me with the chore of crawling around, grabbing the runners, and pulling up the heavy green vines that are all over the ground. Pulling the leaves off doesnít begin to kill the vines.
As a result of a few days of ripping out the strong vines, I woke up Friday with trigger finger for the ring finger of my left hand. I didnít realize what it was until Saturday morning, so I put a splint on the finger and called the orthopedic surgeon who specialized in hands Monday morning. I get to see him tomorrow afternoon. Meanwhile, the middle finger of my right hand was triggering this morning. While I was out watering the plugs yesterday I couldnít resist pulling up just one more batch of weedelia, and I suspect that did it.
I have had a trigger thumb and the middle finger of my left hand triggering, and both eventually ended up with surgery to retain use of them, so Iím hoping these fingers are early enough to keep from needing surgery on them. Itís a real pain to do the rehab after an operation.