As you may remember, I had Walter my pruner pay a visit, and over several days, we removed some overgrown flowerbeds and shrubs, and planted grass seed instead.
I thought I was so smart. It had rained for several days and the newly seeded grass did indeed sprout! So So when Walter called and asked me that question, I answered him with a proud and vibrant, “YES! It’s growing!”
Because, you know… I really know my lawn seed stuff it appears…
But the next question had me cringing…
“Are you watering it regularly? It’s really important to keep the new blades wet. Lots of folks think once it sprouts it’s ok to leave but that’s when ya gotta water more than ever.”
Ohhhh… ok then. I’m just glad Walter is such a good lawn babysitter because it appears this grown woman needs exactly that.
I was getting out there (now and then) with the hand sprayer attachment thing, but the hose didn’t even reach all the seed areas. I just reasoned once it started raining, all would be well, right?
Wrong. Apparently out here, grass seed only takes for so long, then it doesn’t any longer.
So I did a big girl thing, and bought my first water sprinkler!
I kid you not.
Growing up on the farm, we never ever watered the lawn. Nature, and a field turned mowed field grass lawn with plenty of weeds to keep things nice and green is how we rolled.
As I moved into my own places, we may or may not have watered the lawn. I can’t even remember. However I can guarantee you, the last 10 years I’ve lived here, not a drop of pretend rain has hit these grass blades. I’m not against it! I just didn’t bother.
When I had a back then outdoor cat, I refused to feed the lawn with anything, so therefore I also didn’t bother watering.
I lived my mom’s theory about brown blades. “The grass is resting.”
Agree! I love resting grass just fine here too… apparently.
In fact, no one in my neighbourhood ever waters so why would I bother?
Enough excuses yet?
If you guessed I lost interest in keeping up a lush green 24/7 lawn, you would be right.
As you can see by this pic, where the rain did hit, some grass is sprouting. Against the house, not so much.
And no more weeds.
Thank goodness for the rain… and very fertile soil! This use to be the compost pile area.
Who takes pictures of themselves sprinkling their lawn?
Apparently me. Sorry if this is boring. It was just really exciting for me!
(yes, I should venture out more)
Well, let me tell you, I felt very accomplished with the grass newly cut and trimmed, and watering in full progress. Like I was on top of things!
So good in fact, I even wandered to the front yard and weeded those flowerbeds.
So when I sped off for a bike trail run, it felt GOOD to be on top of it all. This removal of the backyard flowerbed idea indeed appears to be working for me.
Is this what partial retirement feels like?
I did get my first 55 yr old senior’s discount at the thrift store not long ago… still not sure what to think about that.
Now… bear with me as I try and find the garden shed once again!
Then again, if I just allow the leaves to all fall on their own…
What are you doing to your yards this fall? Any special preparation?
You can view more garden shed / fence project posts HERE
or view the pretty fall shed tour from last year HERE