2011年6月14日火曜日

that's better honey?

Our lawn is a real hotch potch. I have lost count of how many times we have planted seed/ put down turf/ oversewn etc etc. The foundation is pretty bad. We didn't put down a lot of topsoil first and before it was a lawn it was a gravel patch for parking cars on:

Every time I get in a tizz about how much work we have to do around here I go back and look at the photos we took the first time we came to the house and see how far we've come- always makes me feel better!

So the fact that there is a perennial bare patch in the high traffic area infront of the genkan is not really a surprise, huh?

Last month I half-heartedly through some soil down there and sprinkled a four year old packet of seed I found on top. Unsurprisingly it wasn't very successful. Actually it wasn't at all successful!

K decided it was his new project. I opened the door yesterday evening and:


A big knee deep hole with a shovel and a pick sticking out of it. Fabulous. That's not a hazard now is it?

I was promised that when I woke up the next morning it would be all fixed and fine and okey-dokey no problems.

And when I opened the door this morning certainly there was no hole there. The pick was gone. The shovel, too. But was it any less hazardous?


Why yes that is three pieces of re-bar propped against each other.

Sharp, metal, spiky, dangerous re-bar.

Just outside the front door re-bar.

That's better honey?

3 件のコメント:

achan さんのコメント...

That's men for you!! I hope he is the only one who falls over it and then it may be removed.

We have problems with our lawn too. I can blame others though for it because we had a landscaping company do ours. Same thing as you a gravel carpark, they levelled it but didn't put down any soil and now it is so patchy :(

All the beautiful lawns that I know of use a ton of chemicals to get it that way so I remind myself iy's not really that bad

Gina さんのコメント...

Lol, that K went from the shovel to the spiky re-bar. Would you be willing to go for....he gets an A-for effort? ; P Too much of a stretch? ; ) How about he tried... he really really did. ; )

As for your lawn Heather. I think it looks nice. And like you said consider what you started out with. And that's real progress to be proud of, I'd say. : )

My husband is meanwhile a bit of a grass nazi.: ) He looks after our lawn, removes every weed he sees by hand weekly. @_@ He also sprays chemicals down once in a great while to keep it disease free. He also had to have the great big American lawn mower to mow it with. It makes me laugh how men can be about their lawns sometimes. As for me...ehhh. It's one of his hobby's, not mine. But I'll listen. : )

The only problem our lawn faces. Is the land next door is vacant with very tall weeds. We'd eventually if the land ever goes for sale, we'd like to buy it. Anyway.... The weeds and whatnot seed and then on a windy day the seeds blow into our yard. Which is probably always going to give my husband a hard time. He swears the weeds are coming from the land next door. ; ) Even the grandma next door mentioned the blowing seeds going into her yard as well and another family mentioned it too. @_@ However we know the old grandpa type who owned the land next to us died last year. And it's just the grandma now. So we'd never mention the overgrowing weeds to her at all. She has more then enough on her plate. : ) We've even wondered if we should cut them ourselves but again. Didn't want to over step the boundaries. So they keep growing. : ) Sorry so long...grass such a great subject though. ; )

thefukases さんのコメント...

achan- Amy can't walk past without saying 'That's dangerous! Be careful!' which is cute and has much more power of persuasion on K than me nagging. How sad that your lawn is patchy, too. I really think lawn education is missing here and that's why people do crazy stuff like try planting on gravel, huh? Have you tried oversewing?

G- Your lawn always looks amazing! When we visited Bryn at Yokota there was a big US style mower for sale at one of her neighbours places. K was seriously trying to work out how he could rejig the girls and I in the car so he could take it home- boys and their toys!!

Something else we have in common- we have plans to buy the land next door as well. This is an old neighbourhood and there are a few houses with old women who can't look after their land properly. It's pretty common for someone else to go through and cut it down with a whipper snipper- usually just before the dandelions seed! I'm sure the woman wouldn't mind you guys doing that. Probably the biggest problem will she will feel indebted and bring over cakes!

Here's to a good lawn season for all of us!