I'll probably offend what few male readers I have out there, so let me apologize in advance. If you're one of those guys who takes lawn care so seriously it ought to be considered a sport, then by all means continue with the madness of your ways. Oh, and if there's some sort of Mad Men Lawn Care Club, send me an application for my hubby. Thanks.
It's been pretty hot and dry around these parts recently and I'm kinda surprised -- and irked -- when I see people watering their lawns. This prejudice started in Vegas, actually. But it's a whole different ballgame out there. It is, after all, a desert and lush green lawns take a lot of pampering to sustain.
In fact -- True Story -- (it sounds more dramatic when I capitalize it like that) one morning I notice a team of maintenance guys fussing over the sprinkler system outside the apartment. They were out there all morning working on the dumb thing. Apparently they couldn't get it working again because later that afternoon they were outside SPRAY PAINTING the grass green. I swear! After that, I started looking more carefully and a lot of places in Vegas have bits of green overspray on the sides of walls and sidewalks. Go figure.
Where was I? Oh, yes. Watering your lawn. I'm against it. If you have to water it (like Vegas) to keep it alive, you should have gone with another landscape option. And if you're in other parts of the country and you're just doing it because it hasn't rained lately, well stop. It's grass, who cares if there's a little brown patch for a week? The minute it rains it will bounce back, greener than ever.
Which leads me to the weed vs. plant vs. grass debate. Every Spring Chemlawn calls us and tries to guilt us into using their services by telling us they've noticed *crabgrass* or (gasp) dandelions on our property.
Guess what? I don't care. If it's green, it stays. And I love dandelions. They take me back to my childhood. I've picked a gazillion of them over the years. And now that we have a bunny, we have a perfect way to get rid of them. Talk about the perfect *green* solution!