For years, Susie took care of the lawn, including mowing. But she developed osteoperosis and at 62 her balance on our sloped yard is not good. I don’t want her to risk falling, so last Fall I took over the mowing.
Now that mowing has become my job, I realize we don’t have a lawn. We have weeds. I only noticed the weed problem in the last few months because summer is when it often rains daily.
And the dominant weed is one which can grow two inches within a day or two of a rain. Within less than two weeks of a rain, that weed can be six inches high.
Last Sunday, I mowed the weeds. So of course the usual suspects caused a drenching rain Monday evening and Tuesday morning. The TV meteorologist said it was a good inch of rain. So by Thursday, the weeds were two inches high.
Now I am not about to mow this weekend or even next weekend. I will not let the weed destroy my life. Instead, I am planning the final solution to my weed problem – extermination by chemical warfare.
After a Google search of images for “lawn weeds” I believe I have identified the offending weed as nutsedge. The description sounds right and the image looks right too. I’ve included a photo below so that knowledgeable readers can confirm my identification or correct it.
According to the literature, nutsedge is a very pernicious weed.
But there is also a chemical made specifically for exterminating nutsedge. At $22 for 32 ounces, it’s not cheap as weed killers go. But it is very cheap if it does the job and I no longer have to mow more than once a month.
And I’m taking a long perspective…
Neighbors a few doors down the street completely redid their front yard. Brought in heavy equipment, dug up the entire yard, and produced a new landscape. I noticed that a good part of it is cactus and rocks. In Las Vegas, many homes have no grass, just rock and cactus. (They don’t have much yard either.)
Maybe that’s an approach I should emulate. There’ll be an initial investment to hire a landscaper but after that I’ll have a lot more time for more important activities (like poker). (Maybe the Groupon gods will smile upon me and offer 50% off on landscaping.)
Attention weeds: these are your final days! A chemical shower awaits you! Muhahahaha!