So except for today's rainstorms, the weather these past few weeks has been fantastic. It's still chilly at night, but we can sleep comfortably with our window open just a few inches. The sun has been shining and all the flowers are in bloom. It's still too early for our hydrangeas, but I brought in some lilac yesterday. The best part is, they smell even better than they look! (Forgive the poor quality of the pic from my phone.)
Last year we sort of neglected the lawn. Maybe that's too generous. We really neglected the lawn. Blame it on the massive deck restoration project. We had dead spots due to grubs, bald spots due to, we think, the acidity from the pine trees, and weeds that were out of control. From the vantage point of our freshly stained deck the grass looked great, but on closer inspection it was terrible. To reference one of the best films from the 90s, our lawn was like a Monet. Green and healthy looking from afar, but a hot mess when you got up close.
Now that Chris is finally done with his Saturday classes, we've been tackling the lawn with a vengeance. Over the past few weeks we have put down:
- grass seed (in three different spots in the lawn)
- starter fertilizer
- moss killer
- two treatments of weed killer
- grub killer
The entire backyard gives off the ever-so-subtle scent of chemicals. Yum. But hopefully it will do the trick.
We put down grass seed in one area of the lawn a few weeks ago. When we realized it was actually growing, we did the two other spots. Chris was in Buffalo all week, so I was in the backyard every morning at 6:00 a.m. in my pajamas...watering the grass seed. :) I can't see any growth since it's all covered in hay, but Chris said he's starting to see little tiny shoots of baby grass. Fingers crossed!
Now that I think about it, we haven't had perfect weather all spring. Easter weekend was pretty rainy. I ran a 5K the Saturday of Easter weekend with some friends from church and it poured the entire time. And it was cold. But ever since, we've had great weather. That night, we went to our friends' house for the doggie birthday party. It's their tradition to give their dogs hamburger "cakes" with hot dog dog "candles"...and this is what that looks like: