Sunday, April 22, 2007

I wonder...

...if our neighbors think we are crazy or just a bunch of Earth Day nuts?

Well, I don't think we're crazy ( comments from the peanut gallery!) and while we definitely enjoy celebrating the wonderful Earth God created, we have never really gone ga-ga over it before. No, our activities this weekend had more to do with weather patterns than anything else.

So, what did we do?

In the process of getting estimates for a french drain, we were told by one of the landscapers that a fungus last year killed all of the St. Augustine grass in our area. Now, whether or not he was just trying to make us feel better or telling us the truth I don't know, but as it stands, all of our grass is dead. We wanted to do something about it and looked into some options.

We could re-sod the whole yard which would either cost tons of money to pay someone to do or tons of time off work that Husband doesn't have. To simplify, we could try some strategically placed sod plugs, kind of a widely spaced checkerboard of sod that my mother says will fill in on its own.

Or... we could plant grass seed which should produce the desired effect if we simply keep the soil moist and keep the birds from eating it.
Plant your seeds four in a row,
One for the pheasant, one for the crow,
One to die and one to grow.
Four little seeds in a row.
Well, who are we to question such wisdom handed down through the ages? We were all set to over seed the yard and let the birds have a ball, but conversations about snakes and such gave us cause to pause and rethink. One of The Professor's reading books had a story about a family that kept their neighbors in tongue-wagging suspense by filling their yard with balloons. The mystery was solved a few weeks later when the balloons were removed and the neighbors saw the forest for the trees (or rather the grass for the balloons) and realized that the balloons were keeping the birds away while the tender young grass took root. Hmmmmm....Let the tongue wagging begin. The curious stares have already slowed traffic on our street a few times today!

I wonder if we will get to see the results of the poll: crazy or nutty?

Happy Earth Day!


  1. I will be anxious to see the results of this! I would love to hear what your neighbors are saying! LOL

  2. Matilda, you are too much! Thank you for starting my week out with a smile. I hope your seeding project bears much fruit--er, I mean, grass!

    PS. Since when do we care what the neighbors think? ;)

  3. You are too clever! Good luck with your germination! Just like a new baby at your house.

  4. I think that is such a great idea--and your yard looks so festive! I love it! I hope you'll let us know how it all works out.

  5. Great idea! I hope it compels at least one neighbor to stop and talk. Then you can say you first met over concerns for your family's sanity. :) We'll definitely want pictures as the project goes on.

  6. I can't wait to see how well it does. We have St. Augustine grass too and love it. Keep us posted. :)


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