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Monday, April 29, 2013

Confession: I read other people's blogs about their at-home projects and I despair of ever being that kind of person... I rather suspect that some of my neighbors would like to toss me out of suburbia for offenses such as this one -

Yes, my yard. It's had seed spread, but I do not have operational underground sprinklers, and most of the neighborhood do. I can almost feel them sniffing as they walk their dogs or themselves by. In fact, last night as I was out hauling hose and trying to wet it down... a couple walked by and made some polite comment about whether I was "going to have to reseed". Obviously they could not tell I already had that done... nothing is happening yet.

Sigh. I rather suspect it's going to be mega bucks to get the sprinkler system "fixed". But on Friday someone is coming out to look at it.

The good news is that KALIGIRL has seen my horrible lawn and is STILL willing to go do stuff with me... so as I am not the number on the scale, I am also not the state of my lawn.

I read somewhere that some of third world descent had gone to college in Colorado, looked at all the water being spent to grow grass lawns and called it obscene. I'm afraid I have a bit of that attitude in me. We're not quite past the drought yet. And I hate "wasting" water on grass. Sorry, just an attitude I have... rebel in the heart.

'Nuff of that... on to the pep talk - it's Monday, so back to work:

1) Remember to breathe.
2) Drink your water.
3) The candy bar in the vending machine will not make the demands of the project go away.
4) Eat what's in the bag... it's good for you, and that's why you packed it.
5) And Remember to take those break walks, even if not at the "normal" time!

BECAUSE - You're worth taking care of!

and... only 6 days to the Half Marathon! emoticon emoticon

LIFE is good. Spark on.
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    Our obsession foe green lawns really is part of the environmental disaster we are making. Lawns use too much water and too many people keep them green with loads of fertilisers.

    Not least, bugs -the good kinds - don't like to live in lawns. They like more natural environments. Fewer bugs means less bird food and so on and so on.

    Go to your nearest nursery and ask about alternatives for ground cover. I bet they have something you can plant that will spread all on its own, look gorgeous, and take far less care and resources. Then you can relax and look all smugly at the people who are slaving away at their non- Eco-friendly lawns
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    1757 days ago
    Oooh, have fun on your half marathon!
    As for the grass - I have to say, I completely agree with you on wasting water. It's just grass! Personally, I like a yard that looks natural. I hate overly manicured, unnaturally "perfect" lawns with their perfectly delineated islands of mulch and shrubbery and their perfectly green even grass and their total lack of wildflowers like buttercups and dandelions and clover. Yeah, everyone else considers those weeds, but they make flowers too! And those flowers are cute and I like them. :) We had dandelions in our backyard this year and they made me so happy because our backyard looked like a lovely meadow on the edge of the jungly forest mess that makes up most of our property. I must admit, we do want to clear out the leaf litter and stuff like that in the woods so that we can use the space without worrying about snake bites and so forth, but otherwise, I am happy to have a yard that looks like it fits in with the woodland area we live in. I mean, we'll keep the grass trimmed so the place doesn't look abandoned, but I refuse to do any seeding or watering or laying down of sod or planting plugs or whatever in my yard. Watering is particularly nonsensical! Don't worry, I bet plenty of people in your area wouldn't care at all about your "imperfect" lawn. :)

    1759 days ago
    No chemicals or watering my yard. What it is, it is. Saving the planet one yard at a time. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1759 days ago
    I hate wasting the water, and using chemicals. And generally it is done more to please the neighbours and their standards of how our yards "should" look. When my parents retired they did not want to have to maintain a lawn so the basically gravelled everything and planted trees / shrubs / flowers for a landscaped look and it is gorgeous. I haven't been quite brave enough to do that yet but I am looking into planting other types of ground cover instead of grass that must be mown, fertilized, weeded, watered, etc.
    1759 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Yeah, so agree. Mom totally replaced the grass in our homestead bit by bit until it was just fitzers and gravel no watering needed. She is doing the same thing with her present house, but the going is much slower because of the clay soil and the amount of work needed to bring in soil (and dig it in the hardest part) so things will actually grow in it.
    Hope sprinklers aren't too expensive if you go that route.
    Wow only six more days, getting excitied?? I bet!
    1760 days ago
    Agree about hating to water.
    1760 days ago
    No sprinkler system, rarely if ever water, sometimes rake, and mow only as needed. Lawn care isn't a biggie for us, but we do enough that it looks tons better than any of our neighbors.

    Neighbor on one side might mow his front yard three times a year in the summer. The back hasn't been mowed in years. City finally got after him so he basically poisoned it to kill it.

    Neighbor on other side mows maybe 6-8 times a year, but lets too much go too long.

    Gotta love Suburbia.
    1760 days ago
    I don't have a sprinkler system and I don't have a "monoculture" lawn -- lots and lots of stone crop (yellow flowers), thyme (purple flowers), clover, naturalized Scylla (bright blue flowers, in bloom right now); violets, grape hyacinths, dandelions and random weeds. Will not use herbicide poison on my lawn which leaches into the water table . . . bad for the dog, the birds, and us people. Will not poison the grubs which the skunks from the park behind us love to feed on (rooting them up with their snouts!!), Will not waste water on watering a lawn which goes dormant in August when it's hot. Will not waste fertilizer on the really really shady areas where grass isn't going to grow basically . . . and I'm not cutting down the trees. I've had neighbours complain and try to "instruct" me as to their standards. Tough. Too bad.
    1760 days ago
    You would think that someone would figure out what grows as ground cover in Nebraska, and make an effort to convince the public to accept that for lawns. Your picture makes my back yard issues look trivial.

    I've got ruts where the neighbor's tree removal contractor drove a truck through my yard to get to her tree. They put down dirt and some grass seed, which I'm sure the birds ate. But no matter. I'll mow, the lawn service with fertilize and kill weeds, and the grass will eventually take over those ruts . . . because I live in a climate that's favorable to grass.

    Your picture makes me nostalgic for the grass-hostile climate I grew up in, but not for the responsibility of keeping a lawn in that climate.
    1760 days ago
    We are also "that house" in the neighborhood that does not have underground sprinklers....and I really have neither the time nor the inclination to water, water, yard is large and much of it looks like yours. Oh well. We do what we can do.

    1760 days ago
    I completely agree with you. The time, effort & money put into lawn maintenance is definitely better spent elsewhere. Not to mention the chemicals to make it grow which results in more mowing. Not just the 3rd world, but Europeans think we're crazy.
    1760 days ago
    Underground sprinklers are VERY rare in the UK. I never water the lawn and I threatened to go on gardening "strike" if hubby didn't put away the hose, which he did years ago. OK, so it dies back in droughts but grows back as if by magic....without seeding. I once read somewhere that grass seed is almost everywhere and would do its best to take over the planet if it could.
    1760 days ago
    In the south of the Uk, where we have alternately too much water, then not enough, with drought in the summer, we have been advised to have gravel instead of grass, then mediterranean plants in tubs for colour! It really looks very good, and very smart too.
    1760 days ago
    I love having a green lawn, but also believe that we need to be conserving our water. Less lawn, and more native plants.
    1760 days ago
    I totally agree about wasting water on lawns. Hope you have a great week!
    1760 days ago
    Maybe you could design a low maintenance garden instead of a lawn. Might even be the envy of your neighbors and start a new trend!

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    1760 days ago
  • LADYBUG1943
    I have a LOT to say on this subject. I'm in the camp of those who hate the water wasted on a beautiful turf. Bear in mind, we have one.... I've been an organic gardener for 30 years, and am proud of the fact that ours stays green when others are not.

    But.... my husband is the lawn lover, not me. Am I right that you live in Nebraska? You could plant Buffalo grass, which is a native grass that only needs mowing a couple times a summer, and doesn't need anything but rainfall to stay alive. However, it turns brown without watering, which is unacceptable to most.

    Better yet would be to take out the lawn and plant native plants. A friend of mine has done that here in Texas, which is a big challenge in the summer. Check out this blogspot: The writer is a professor in Nebraska and writes about native plants and other things. Having no lawn is still a brave thing to do, but there are lots of people trying it out. My husband hasn't noticed yet, but I take over the lawn a couple of inches every year. Eventually, we'll only have maybe a little circle of lawn in the middle of native plants. Then... no more lawn service and my husband can handle it all.

    We all need to be thinking about this, as watering digs into our aquifers, when a better use for the water would be human beings drinking it.

    1760 days ago
  • DALID414
    I'm with you about the lawn. I've already warned the family that when we get a house I'm having the front and back 'yards' paved!! If the neighbors don't like it, they can sue me! emoticon
    1760 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/29/2013 10:22:03 AM
    Oh my gosh . . . I lived in Colorado Springs (high Alpine Dessert) and the amount of water wasted watering grass WAS obscene. I totally agree with you!

    HUGS and make it a good Monday.
    1760 days ago
    Only 6 days til the half!! How exciting! You've been so caught up in blogging about work I about forgot about your HM. That should help you balance everything!!

    Of course, you are not the state of your grass! Our grass looks dead every year when the rains are light, but springs right back once it is raining again. But this old Florida grass is tough stuff and not near as soft and pretty as what you have. I often despair about my husband who is so messy and loves disorder, but I will say he does a very good job on the lawn. I should count my blessings more often - my house looks good on the outside and I rarely have to do anything there!

    Have a good taper week. Looking forward to hearing all about your HM!! I'm sure you'll finish in an upright position with a smile on your face and wanting to run it soon again!!! -Marsha

    1760 days ago
    I get the "water wasted for lawn" mentality.
    I have that for a lot of stuff also (like car washes)!.

    When the water's all gone, are we going to dry up like the lawns? emoticon

    Keep up the good are really an inspiration just being you.
    1760 days ago
    Ah - outward 'appearances'...

    Hope the sprinkler system has a reasonable fix for you - we didn't have one in the back and lost trees... Now that we do, I put down grass seed and feed this weekend - oh well.

    Here's to a fabulous week counting down!
    1760 days ago
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