I’ve been poking around at the yard work ever since the snow melted off the lawn the first time. But since then (probably February) snow has found its way onto the ground several times since, the latest being just two days ago on April 6.
I use Scott’s Annual Program [scotts.com] for my lawn and the first application should go on in early Spring, March through April. It should normally be applied when temperatures are generally above 60 and on a day that’s dry after the lawn has been mowed. I’m running out of days to apply it, so I may just do it today before the forecasted three or four days of rain that is ahead of us.
It’s been especially wet this year. I wondered how much I should water my lawn (not that I’m worried about it at all right now) and found that if I use the 1/2 inch rule (make sure your lawn receives 1/2 inch per week) I’ll save a lot of money and water. You can download a very imformative PDF customized for your Utah area by visiting conservewater.utah.gov. Hopefully I’ll be able to follow the guidelines and save a lot of water. Last year when we moved in we had to water a lot to revitalize our dead lawn. Our water bill was pretty big as a result. But we probably wasted a lot of water, too. I found out that if your water is running onto the sidewalk then you need to split up the watering into smaller increments. That’s good to know and it makes sence. Sometimes I just have to read it on a website first to believe it.
Other things I need to do is to remove two dead trees in my yard. One is in the front yard and was dead when we got here. It turns out the neighbor kids had their way with it when the house was for sale and vacant. It was reported that they took a hatchet or machete to it “for fun”.
I’m glad that they at least didn’t do what another neighbor kid did to a vacant house directly behind our house. He decided it would be fun to lob rocks through three windows in the back of the house. Heather saw him do it and called the police to report the property damage. A week later the kid and his whole family moved out, much to the delight of the entire neighborhood. Apparently that was only one of many incidents of hellionism that he had committed.
Now we have two ugly vacant houses behind us. We need some big 6″ privacy bushes planted all along the back of our fence to conceal the eyesores. (Add that to the list! But I’m not doing that today.)