After a year of home ownership, our lawn is still looking anemic. Well, I’d rather that than the way I found it when we moved in, with 2-foot-tall weeds covering the front lawn. I pulled out all of the weeds last summer, which left our front lawn with nothing but dirt. I planted seeds and watered faithfully. The grass did eventually grow, but there’s still crabgrass, and other weeds are slowly making their way back into the fold. There’s clover, ivy, dandelions and some weeds that have little white (ugly) flowers. Just when I think I’ve got everything set, a new weed creeps its way onto the lawn.
And yes, I still refuse to spring for a landscaping service.
Why? Because I’m determined to get our lawn looking nice on my own. And I’m stubborn. And cheap. And frugal, and any other adjective you can think of that describes my unwillingness to part with money.
My brother was generous enough to give us a self-propelled lawnmower for a housewarming gift, and we use it. I also went out and bought a mid-level weedwacker, but that needs to be repaired (already) — the reel is stuck, and I need to remove it to refill the trimming line. I’ll have to see if my father-in-law has some vise grips.
So we’ve been pushing our lawnmower up and down this gosh-darned slope on our lawn. It’s not good for the grass, because the self-propelled motion of the mower tends to kick up dirt and burn up fragile grass.
I need to get some more grass seed to help fill in the patchy areas we still have. I had bought some “turf builder” that was supposed to kill some of the invading crab grass and weeds, but it’s super-clumpy and difficult to spread around properly. I’d really like to have some sort of ground cover on the sloped area of our front lawn, like our neighbors do, that doesn’t have to be mowed, but I’m not sure how to go about that without completely wrecking the lawn. Time to hit the Internet and do some research.
Am I an idiot for not letting a professional take care of our lawn? It does make our home stand out (negatively) on the block, since everyone else’s lawns are well-manicured and lush — or, at least, more presentable than ours. Saving money is still a priority for us, even though we’ve been in our home for a year, so I don’t feel too badly about it. But it still irks me!
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