Seed money

To borrow a phrase, I fought the lawn, and the lawn won. It is my policy to have neither the best lawn on the block nor the worst, but I’ve dropped too close for comfort to the low end of the scale, and while the leading (trailing?) contenders have just enough physical proximity to make me look slightly better, I can’t count on this continuing, especially with changes in ownership in the offing.

It was therefore clearly time to call for reinforcements, so I dialed up a vendor, and was presented the next day with an audit of what they’d found.

The lawn was characterized as “fair,” in the sense that you would characterize the Antarctic as “cool.” They consider eleven weed types to be controllable; I had five of them. Of ten potential lawn diseases, three were recognized. On the upside, I had acceptable thatch, and truly, how many of us can say that?

This is, I must point out, not my first choice for a counterattack. There are small creatures in the neighborhood, a legitimate cause for concern, and all else being equal, I’d rather be dealing out mass quantities of something that is less likely to be hazardous to their little systems. But that’s for later, after the Unwanted Botanicals are under control; right now, I need something strong enough to take down low-flying aircraft.

(Oh, and while this should be obvious, it somehow didn’t occur to me: price quotes tend to be based on the dimensions of the areas to be treated — typically, 5000 square feet. This will not work well at Surlywood, where the back yard alone is nearly 6000 square feet. No wonder it takes so long to mow.)



  1. wamprat »

    23 March 2007 · 10:58 am

    Give me a call, we found a lawn guy who used to work for one of the “big” ones; he’s about a fifth as much and his work is MUCH better.

  2. scooby214 »

    23 March 2007 · 11:23 am

    I’ve been looking at the same issues with my lawn. In the past, I used the various Weed-B-Gone products with marginal results. If I may ask, what company are you looking to use, and what was their estimate? (I live close by, so they could also be appropriate for my “Earth Day” yard.)

  3. Dwayne "the canoe guy" »

    23 March 2007 · 3:02 pm

    My wife prefers organic control & we have been using Naturalawns (or some bastardization of that spelling) and we are fairly happy.

  4. Dan B »

    24 March 2007 · 3:16 pm

    I’m about to give up on my lawn and just pave the damn yard.

  5. CGHill »

    24 March 2007 · 4:50 pm

    I noticed one person around the corner expanding his driveway to the maximum width permitted under the rules of this Urban Conservation District.

    The guys from TruGreen will be here next week sometime; I’ve agreed to a minimum of two treatments. Today I spent exploring the possibility that my lawn mower (one of those bastard Craftsman-with-Honda-engine jobs) might run better with 91 octane. (Gwendolyn drinks the stuff, so I can fill the little utility can at the same time without having to initiate a second transaction, and besides, it’s only a two-gallon can, so we’re talking 40 cents difference for roughly half of the season.) To my dismay, it does.

  6. CGHill »

    24 March 2007 · 4:52 pm

    Oh, by the way, dosing up 7500 or so square feet runs $60ish from the Expensive Guys.

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