Weeds and Critters and Grubs, Oh My!

| May 7, 2013 | 3 Comments

All winter, I longed for the warmer weather to come so that the beautiful flowers could bloom again, the BBQ and patio furniture could come out, meals could be had al fresco, and the squeals of my girls jumping on the trampoline could keep me company as I tended to my flowers and vegetable garden. But now the snow has melted. And I don’t like what I see.

As a responsible homeowner who takes care of my house, both inside and out, I have spent the last 12 years in a losing battle with my lawn. From day one, when the builder made the brilliant decision to lay down the sod on my property on two separate days, I was fighting with two different types of grass. You could see the clear delineation in the grass, different colour, different texture, different growth rate. Ridiculous right? But hey, at least we weren’t living in a muddy mess anymore so I let it go. Then the following year the weeds started creeping in. Back then, chemical herbicides took care of those bad boys. But eventually, we couldn’t use those anymore, and many lawns started looking like crap.

Oh how I wish I was a little girl, excited at the sight of a field of dandelions. I know it’s our own grown up insecurities that have us going batty in our quest for the perfect lawn but thistles really hurt when you step on them. How can I “not worry about them”. I kept picking at them, year after year, trying to get rid of them, digging down deep to get at the roots, carving out new flower beds in particularly high weed-infested areas, and with a bit of elbow grease each year, early in the season, things would look pretty good and my OCD tendencies would subside letting me enjoy the rest of the summer.

But this year, I don’t want to do it. Why? Because in addition to the weeds, bare patches, and multi-colour grass, now I have grubs! Which also means I have skunks and raccoons and crows feasting out there and they have turned my lawn into a dirt pile. Not to mention that bugger rabbit who’s chewing all the branches off my shrubs. I don’t even know where to begin. Out of curiosity, (i.e. I was looking for a quick fix), I got a quote to see how much it would cost to re-sod my property. Let’s just say, the quote made my eyes roll back in my head. So that’s a no go obviously but now what? I have no interest in dealing with this. Nematodes, new topsoil, seed, fertilizer, blah blah blah. No thank you. My tulips are just about ready to bloom. Maybe they’ll get my mind of the sad state of the lawn. Is it wrong that I sometimes miss those harsh chemicals? Ok, ok, I’m sorry, I was just kidding!

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  1. Louise says:

    Ugg – we have grubs this year too. I hear you re: the ever expanding list of yard related duties the longer you live in a home. We’re sucking it up and paying for some fairly minimal landscaping this year – so also agree re: prices there. Yikes! Best of luck!

  2. Katina Michelis says:

    Good luck to you too:)

  3. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I’m with you, where are the good old harsh chemicals because I hate anything that creeps, crawls or slithers.

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