Life has a way of changing your priorities. Whether your raising young kids, starting a business, or your just too tired to add another project to your to do list, life can get in the way of completing tasks and projects that used to be a priority…
Lawn care is a perfect example of something in my life that I used to care a lot more about. I used to pride myself in having a lush, weed and moss free lawn. Many years have passed since those days and now we have a pretty ugly lawn to show for it.
Here’s just a short list of the
problems that have crept into our lawn in the last several years:
Moss intrusion. I live in a wet climate and you can definitely tell! Pretty much all the areas of my lawn that get some day time shade are now covered with moss.
Weed Study. Yes, you read that correctly. I have so many different varieties of weeds in my yard now that a horticulturist could literally use my yard as study ground for weed analysis.
Moles. Those little buggers have had a hay day in our yard in the last couple of years.
Dog damage. Thanks to the moles, our two labs have nice little fresh dirt mounds to dig into, so now I have many large holes where the mounds used to be.
Salt damage. Our friendly neighborhood snow removal service dumped a nice little load of salt on the corner of my yard a couple years ago and “surprisingly” only the weeds seemed to have survived!
Wild grass. Along with the weeds, we have some interesting strains of grass taking over parts of my lawn.
Trench. Our neighbor had to trench through our yard a few years ago to get electrical services to his yard, and though we seeded and replanted above the trench, it all sank in and so we still enjoy looking at the remnants of this trench to this day.
Patchy Spots. For whatever reason, we have several areas in the lawn that are thin or patchy that could definitely use some lawn care love.
Golf Damage. Yep, regrettably my care for our lawn regressed to the point that I have wilfully taken many divots out my lawn hitting chips with my wedges and as the grass has grown back in, my efforts have left lots of little invisible lumps and bumps behind.
My goal for 2013 is simple: “reclaim our lawn”.
On April 17 (a few days ago), I strapped on our back pack sprayer and spent three hours applying Fiesta, an iron based herbicide that is people and animal friendly. In fact, as a side note to our reclamation project, I am also doing a Fiesta herbicide trial that I will document on video. Now that I see weeds dying, I simply can’t turn back now and will do my best to see this reclamation project through to the end!
As you read above, I have a “WIDE & LONG” list of challenges to tackle but if I can tackle them one at a time, and put in a little effort every week, 2013 may be the year that I am able to reclaim the beautiful lawn we once had. I know my wife for one is going to be my biggest cheer leader since she too loves a nice lawn and she even enjoys mowing the lawn. However, I think she would prefer to mow “only lawn”!
Please check back on our progress and if you also have a lawn in need of reclamation due to some of the same (or even different) reasons as outlined above, perhaps our experiences this spring and summer might give you some ideas on how to tackle your own lawn reclamation project.