Friday, September 17, 2010

Aerate, seed, fertilize, water...repeat

Repeat, repeat, repeat or as my Spanish teacher used to say..."repetir, repetir, repetir."
First we must contend with this sun-blotting,
water-devouring monster 
which of course I loved when we looked at
the house for purchase.
Then we have the, toward the house and to the right, slope/drainage issue in which one good rain washes
away any hope of rooting grass survival.

(I can't help but picture little stalks of grass holding on
for dear life as a deluge of water spills over them

like the raging rapids of a river)
So our backyard looks like this
every September.
We've set out to reduce the grass footprint
in the backyard with the idea of laying sod.
I've added a new bed to the center yard
incorporating this tree.
Added benefit: something pretty to look at.
There is more to show and tell in the ongoing
backyard saga but I've run out of time for now.
Talk to you again soon!


  1. I feel your pain! We have an area in our front yard that we are trying to grow grass. Planted in the spring, hay, water, grass, beautiful beautiful grass. Kept watering, HOT....REAL HOT...still watering!!! Sometimes twice a day! Grass could not make the end of July the grass was a hammer!

    We are going to try again when it begins to cool off and by cool off I mean no longerin the high 90's like today! AWFUL...I am DETERMINED to have grass!

    Good luck!

    Lou Cinda :)

  2. Have you tried a ground cover like pachysandra? We planted that under a pine tree and it really took off.

  3. Good to see you! Our house is about 12 years old, so we don't have massive trees yet. All of our other houses have been older, with huge trees that ruined the grass, but you know...I miss them.