Growing My Own Grass

The old expression “If you want it done right, you have to do it yourself” continually proves itself. The most recent example is my lawn. When I bought my house, I poured thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours into making my lawn and landscape perfect. It was the greenest, thickest grass on the block, the envy of my neighbors.

I even sprayed my less responsible neighbor’s yards with weed & feed when they weren’t around so they wouldn’t grow a crop of dandelions in close proximity to me.

A couple years ago, I got sick, and started having my future brother-in-law do my lawn work. Needless to say, over the course of two years, my yard had come to look like the infantry had been marching through. The grass was completely GONE from next to my driveway and along the street. Weeds were starting to sneak through. The grass was spotty and patchy, barely green (mostly brown), and my bushes were completely dead thanks to a late freeze last year.

The past 3 weeks, I revoked my future brother in law’s “lawn care” license. I already have my grass back to being the greenest on my street. The patches are filled in. Next weekend I’m digging up the bushes and replacing them.

Oh yeah – I sprayed my neighbor’s yards with dandelion killer while they weren’t looking.

It just goes to show that a little bit of pride of ownership and some sweat equity can go a long way.

  4 comments for “Growing My Own Grass

  1. Dave
    May 5, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    If you’re already growing grass, then what’s the problem with growing weed? And why did you kill your neighbor’s weed? Sorry to hash this one to death…it was kind of a pot-shot.

    good work on ‘going green.’ You may have to buy a bigger truck to off-set your reduced carbon footprint…

  2. Incredipete
    May 5, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    My truck is already powered by Al Gore’s carbon offset credits.

  3. HRT
    May 5, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Dude, can you spritz a little of that weed-b-gone on my yard while you’re at it?

    Thanks, my yard looks like poop. No wait, I think it would look better with some fertilizer, so yeah, put some of that on there too.

    You’re a pal!

  4. May 7, 2008 at 7:54 am

    Most of my front yard doesn’t even have grass. Problem solved!

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