Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Spring Has Sprung

We have been doing a lot of yard work lately. One of the big surprises in home ownership has been the amount of yard work needed to actually make a yard look halfway decent.

Today we hit a new level of ah ha. All of our neighbors have pristine lawns while we are under a dandelion hostile takeover. Let's just say the property lines are color coded.

I hit a new point in adulthood today when I realized that I can't do it myself and it is ok to ask for professional help.  Having a wooded lot is good for many things: Privacy, Romance, Serenity, Invasive Species. . . . and we can no longer do it without help.

Upon the recommendations of our neighbors, we are hiring a lawn service. I know it's elitist sounding. . . but once I started calling around, it's surprisingly affordable if you go with a base plan.  I am feeling really conflicted about this splurge and whether or not it's needed.  But I realized that I took an entire week off of work this spring to make sure that I wasn't constantly behind like we were last year and now two weeks later our lawn looks like it could be a study on heterogeneity. And frankly, I am not fired up about the idea of pulling weeds two evenings a week. Because that's what we are doing now. And. It's.Only. May.  The theme of the year was GUSTO (all caps) not TEDIUM (all caps.) And frankly, I am willing to pay 200 bucks to get two evenings a week back.

So this is defeat. . . hopefully this will keep the neighbors from glaring at us when they drive by.

I will post more pictures of our lawn and the steps we are taking to streamline for more quality GUSTO'ing time

4 comments:

  1. We splurged and did the same thing this year! I couldn't handle the thought of dealing with creeping charlie and dandelions in the midst of everything else...no guilt here! :)

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  2. Glad to hear I am not the only one in this predicament! I actually did a spread sheet and we wouldn't have been far off on the round up expenses. do you do grub prevention?

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  3. Hey D! I hopped on over here after you linked to a post on FB not too long ago. How fun to keep up with you here too.

    Our 3 acres were a mess when we first moved in...we invested in a good lawn service for just a couple years to get things whipped into shape. Once we got it healthy, we found we were able to maintain it ourselves after that!

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  4. Hi Kar! Great to hear from you! I read your blog too! Your family is just beautiful! I remember when you were pregnant with the twins-- so fun to see them grown now!

    Hope you are well! Dana

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