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Good grass, man

Another unexpected benefit of working from home through the pandemic is that I can dash outside between meetings and move the sprinkler.

Our front yard has had large bare patches since before I moved in. I tried to fix it a couple years ago, but I did it too late in the spring and the summer heat killed my wee grass.

This year I waited until the first of September. I took a couple days off for the job. I attacked the bare spots with my electric cultivator. Then I put down 18 bags of compost, piling it into the bare spots and raking about half-inch layer through the rest of the yard. Then I laid in the grass seed. I was able to buy a mix created specially for the climate here, resistant to drought and hardy against cold winters. Then came the watering, every day. It continues and will into October.

I relandscaped my last house, and I had to get up early to start the watering and continue it in the evening when I got home. Thanks to COVID-19, I just blend it into the workday. When a meeting ends, I move the sprinkler.

Isn’t my new grass cute?

Last updated on 23 September 2020 by Jim Grey

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10 thoughts on “Good grass, man

  1. DougD says:

    Great timing! I just came in from watering my grass project outside. Our soil has a lot of clay, so I went around with a spade to break up the area I planted new seed.

    You’re a couple of weeks ahead of me, nice grass!

  2. tbm3fan says:

    You might have HOA regs where I don’t. I hate grass and much prefer California natives such as Salvia, Manzanita, Ceanothus, Buckwheats, Penstemons and so forth. Once established need no water, have great flowers in their season, tons of birds, bees and insects, but can look blah when they hibernate during the warm months.

    • Yes, HOA. But also curb appeal for when we sell. Next house I want no HOA and I am likely to rip out all the front grass and put in flowers. Perennials.

  3. My BIL farms and told me long ago that the shorter you cut your grass the shallower the root system. Short, frequent waterings does the same thing. I have not watered at all this year, but then I’m not trying to get new grass started. Looking good!

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