Stop loving so much – you’re killing it!

For the third time this summer, my across-the-street neighbor has torn up his yard and, after previous unsuccessful attempts at grass-growing, is trying sod.

For the third time this summer, my across-the-street neighbor has torn up his yard and, after previous unsuccessful attempts at grass-growing, is trying sod.

Sometimes, you can love something too much. My across-the-street neighbor, who you may recall from this previous post, enacts such loving care on his lawn that he overwaters it, kills it, and has to tear it all up again and replant it. This is the THIRD TIME he’s done that THIS summer! A quick recap:

  1. Last summer, he spent hours and hours in his yard seeding and watering by hand. Gallons and gallons of water…
  2. This spring, he bulldozed and graded his entire yard. Then reseeded it and spent hours upon hours watering it by hand.
  3. He installed an above-ground irrigation system using a series of hoses and nozzles.
  4. The grass started dying.
  5. A couple of months ago, he dug up a large grid system in order to put in an on-ground irrigation system. He then reseeded and continued his successful campaign of watering the curb and street.
  6. The grass continued dying.
  7. He dug up a huge section of yard on Thursday (see picture) and, by Friday afternoon, had installed sod.
  8. It’s only a matter of time before he loves that to death, too.

Of course, with the past few days of torrential rains (and we’re still under a flash flood watch), the meticulously-placed sod probably stands a chance of sliding off the muddy surface, down the street, and into the drainage ditch that runs through my yard. And it will probably grow beautifully in my ditch!

So here are some money-saving suggestions for a beautiful lawn:

  1. Plant native grasses that are meant to thrive this climate.
  2. Plant in the spring and fall – not the heat of summer. It’s costly to keep seeding and watering – both in utility bills and time.
  3. Are any store-bought grasses truly drought-resistant like they say? Maybe not, but you can try one of those varieties.
  4. Water from a rain barrel or water-collection tank. You can buy pumps to push the water through your hose and into any part of the yard.
  5. Add in some flower beds to break up the amount of grass you have to maintain (with native plants, of course).
  6. If you must water, water in the cool of the evening or the morning – not in the heat of the day! Plants absorb water best in the morning and when it’s cool – it’s a waste of water during the day.
  7. Or, my favorite, plant mondo grass or some sort of ground cover that doesn’t really need water, stays green all year, and will fill in to give you an incredibly lush lawn. And you don’t even really have to mow it all that often.

Alright, I’ll step down off of my soap box now. I just have a such a hard time looking across the street and seeing these blatantly thoughtless antics. Does anyone else have neighbors like this??

One Response to “Stop loving so much – you’re killing it!”
  1. Here are two comments that friends of mine left on facebook!

    Megan E. said:
    I hate blatantly thoughtless antics as well 🙂 If I were you, I would place these thoughtful instructions anonymously in your neighbor’s mailbox. Maybe he just need to be educated!

    Megan B said:
    wow…what a waste of time and resources! seems like with all the irrigation systems he’s placing he would have read something educational along the lines…yikes. hope he gets it together soon!

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