Sometimes husbands and wives find faults with little things.  These teeny foibles are both tough to find in my wife and tough to talk about with her.  Occasionally there is a lovely blush of spring in her cheeks and an “oops a daisy” in the end.  This is my favourite look of hers.

Last spring among the cute baby plants from the nursery was a “Jack O Lantern”.  ”Do not put that in my bed” I say in my best still in control deep bass voice.  

I expect her to trust and listen to me; to care about how I feel.  This did not happen.  She already knows I feel nothing and have no idea what goes on in either my head or heart and that my voice is cracking.  In they go.  

There is no revenge taken. I ignore for the season and move on. The best I manage to express myself is a stupid haiku.  

toe nails                                                                                         and coarse bone meal                                                                    in her bed

 

So.  Anyway.  It is next spring now.  I had to strip this bed and clean things up.  Let me quantify without feelings or judgements, as if you were a customer who needed a quote.  It took 2 plus hours to ferret out the roots.  One cedar shrub was infected.  The roots needed to be burned at 1300 degrees. (kiddimg about the fire)  This is only the first round.  A new shrub will have to be picked up, delivered and installed.  It will likely not match the existing one.

Nothing can grow there while I wait a couple of weeks to certify there are no roots left. I had to dig deep besides so it will take that long for the soil to settle back down anyway.  The edge of the deck will need to be monitored closely.  Some boards may have to be lifted to get underneath if we find a little pumpkin patch hiding there.

I really liked the job.  (not kidding)  Often I wonder if my calling was not an archeologist.  This work is very soothing to me and even Sandra recognizes this.  “That’s why I did it.  You can thank me later”

lol.  “Thanks dear”


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Fall Lawn Seeding


Chemicals/ Treatments

Crab Grass, even when there were effective chemicals available, was one of those weeds that slipped through the cracks. Pre-emergents would give some control before the crab grass germinated but there was nothing to treat it after it germinated.

Corn Meal Gluten is effective if applied at just the right time. The principle is that it creates a barrier that the weeds do not grow through. It lasts for about thirty days from time of application. The problem is in timing the weather perfectly and being diligent with your application.

About Crab Grass

  1. It is an annual. It will not grow back next year.
  2. It is a prolific seed producer. If you let it turn to seed those seeds will be there for the next season just waiting. (plus more)
  3. It is brought to your yard mostly by sand used for winter maintenance and brought in for landscaping (screening, top dirt).
    1. I can tell if some one has “re-pointed” or repaired their interlock drive by the pattern of crab grass growth along the boarders of these areas.
  4. It is transferred from such areas as the boulevards or lawn adjacent to walks and drives to the middle of your yard by mowing practices and foot traffic.
  5. It grows rapidly and will destroy the lawn quickly.
  6. It may not grow back next season but if left unchecked it will be very stocky and will make repairing the lawn more difficult. It will be harder to trim down. There will be seeds and a worse outbreak (depending on the weather.

Crab Grass Control

If the Crab Grass has already emerged there are some easy ways to control how much damage it creates.

  1. Cut it back right to the ground so there is no green showing
    1. wear safety equipment as there will be flying rocks and grit.
    2. This WILL wreck the other grasses where this work is done.
      1. It will look messy
    3. It is far easier to keep up when the new growth is young.
    4. DO NOT LET IT TURN TO SEED
  2. Where there are single plants (middle of lawn) you can cut just below the surface with a sharp knife or pull
    1. yes you can also hand pull them all
  3. Wait until second or third week of August or the beginning of September and reseed lawn (when the weather will not trigger the Crab Grass growth.)
    1. please read blog on grass seed
  4. When having landscape construction work done around your home be neat with materials
  5. When mowing your lawn always cut the crab grass area last if you can and immediately clean your lawn mower after use. (or before you transfer to an unaffected lawn)
  6. If you use Round Up or an equivalent product as a homeowner you will still damage the lawn around the outbreak and, depending on when it is done, the crab grass may still turn to seed.
    1. If you use this product you should still consider trimming and clean up
    2. consider that Round Up will kill the perennial grasses in the infected area whereas the technique above will not. Round Up is not advised!!