It’s Always Something

It’s always something, to quote Roseanne Roseannadanna. After years of drought and webworm invasion, we finally had our grass replaced by a professional as our attempts didn’t go well.

We grow St. Augustine which does not grow by seed and it must be replaced by sod that grows with spreading stolens.  Part of the first batch died and we had it replaced.  It was looking great.

Then someone decided to drive through our front yard.  It happened mid-morning on a Sunday.  Unbelievably, the car missed the sprinkler heads (which had just been tuned up) and the fire hydrant at the top of the photo.

Of course, they did not stop and admit to ruining our grass. Yup, it’s always something.


Grass Project (or you get what you wish for)

I had prepared this post over the weekend as we did the grass project.  The most important part of the project was hoping for rain.  Well, our wish came true many fold.  Our freeways look like lakes full of cars.  People spent the night sitting on high ground beside the road.  All our rivers and bayous are full and running into some houses.  Schools and work have been canceled.  Nature does like taking us from one extreme to another.  We suffered years of drought and now it is over with a bang (and a few bolts of lightening).

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This part of the country is just coming out of a drought.  Our average rainfall is 52.69 inches a year.  The national average is 39.17 with Portland, Oregon receiving 36.15 and Jay, Florida beats us all with 70.73 average per year.  The year-to-date rainfall for this area has been 58.36 currently.  It is safe to say we are caught up for now.

The lack of rain has left a large area in the backyard with no St. Augustine grass.  The weeds liked it there.

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Finally, with day after day of rain we thought it would be a good idea to try to get the proper grass to fill in the bare patch.  The plan is to put down a layer of compost and grass squares on top.  St. Augustine grows like a vine and sends out runners.  It cannot be seeded.

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So, with a prayer and water from the sky, the bare patch might turn green again.