I’m not a fan of grass. In the US a lot of the grass we use was cultivated in Europe and brought to america. We then try to force it to grow in conditions it is not suited for. A lot of the area is to hot and to dry for the stuff. To counter that we use a lot of water and chemicals to try to keep a species that does poorly, alive.
That type of thing bugs me. Sadly, I’ve joined into the grass regime because I live in a townhouse and have a HoA. Home Onwers Associations are fun things developed by real estate developers and sold to the high maintenance suburban dwellers. They have become their own business.
My neighborhood contracts out to a company and that company manages HoA’s. When we first moved in they didn’t. But this new company is a horror show. Last year they did inspections and the little horror story of last summer started. We needed painters. The first painter we contracted came but we needed water for them. At the time the pipe in the garage leaked terribly and we had to much stuff in there to let it flood the ground. So he had to go and we wound up getting someone else weeks later when my husband was in town. The trim needed to be painted and there was ‘moss’ on the northern exposure. That exposure is about two feet wide and the moss was a vague green haze. However, it was a huge daily fine after a certain date.
As pissy as it made us we did sign up for it. We got the stuff fixed and done. However, we learned that they also peep over fences. My backyard has a six foot privacy fence but they took pictures over the fence and also cited us for an untended lawn.
That did irritate me. My back yard was a mess. It was a dust bowl in fact. It comes from having to many dogs and not enough time to walk them for every single thing they did. You see, when we moved in we had three. Then, that went up to five because of my mother. I’m not going to discuss all of that but five was to much and everything in the yard died. Dirt was okay at first but then the weather has been hell and it would rain and rain and rain and dirt became mud and mud came in the house and the dogs splashed and coated each other in it.
Even with baths and rubs downs and moping and vacuuming the dust was overtaking the basement. It finally got into the ac unit and clogged that which leaves us with another problem. So, now we have this massive issue and we need to solve it. But, we still have dogs and will for some time. Last year I looked into decks, patios, and putting down rocks. Those projects were running up to ten thousand dollars. Plus I needed neighbor and HoA approval.
So, we got by with straw. Imperfect but it kept us going for a bit. Now, this year, we sat down and just decided to go with grass. We’re back down to three dogs and our walking regime has improved. With care we should be able to keep grass alive. It was also cheaper.
And that’s how we got sod installed yesterday.
The area under the steps was always dirt. It was mulched when we moved in. The dogs kicked the mulch all over the yard. This helped create the dirt and kill the grass. The green things are some horrible weed that we can’t kill. We can only fight battles as it pops its heads up and tries to overtake everything. Last year I had given up completely and had weeks as tall as the fence. That was not approved of by the HoA. A combination of laziness and reality led to this.
The dogs didn’t help. My calm and sweet Doberman, Autumn, will run herself stupid outside. I’m talking about endless laps around the yard and she will run for hours. She wore a trench in the yard and that trench filled with water. The water never fully dried which left mud and damp dirt all the time. This only caused further erosion and dirt to come into the house. We can no longer leave her unsupervised outside. She will just start running in circles. However, she hates walks. HATES them. She endures but she isn’t happy about it. Upstairs shes a sweetheart always calm and relaxed. Let her in the backyard and this running creature happens. She’d run all the flesh off her body and we were feeding her more and more to try to keep weight on her from the hours of running in the yard. So she has to go on walks where her weight is more normal and she is calmer.
This is the lawn now. We sodded every square inch. They took away the nasty little red trim edger things. I have a hose and a fan sprinkler to water it. Now we will see if I can keep it alive and rooted. I will also lay seed in the fall. I’ve learned a lot.
The goal isn’t to have a perfect lawn. It is to have a good and healthy coating of grass to stop the dirt from coming inside. We’re converting the basement room that leads outside to the server room so this is very important to keep the dirt down.