Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Since When Do I Care About Crab Grass?

Recently I've developed a new obsession. I'm totally over pulling at the never-ending streams of ivy that keep cropping up in my backyard. Now I'm into ripping crab grass out of my lawn. 

I'll wait while you stop laughing.

Right after we planted my garden I noticed that these little clumps of grass would turn up every few days. I just plucked them and went about my way. But as the plants in my garden grew larger it became harder and harder to get in between them to pluck the random blades, so I just let them go for a while. Then I spent almost a month in the western half of the state, and when I got back on Sunday I realized that there was almost no dirt visible under my plants. It was all crab grass. Plus it had started taking over my lawn as well. All along the edges little clumps were literally growing like weeds.

Well, on Monday morning I took action. I got a bottle of round-up and as the kids napped I started spraying. And spraying. And spraying. Until my bottle was empty. Two days later I started ripping. I filled a 5 gallon bucket six times with dried out clumps of weeds. And guess what? There is still more. And by tomorrow new crab grass will have already started growing in the bare spots that I created today.

But still, it made me feel like I accomplished something. Those six buckets were like trophies.

What is wrong with me?

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carried said...

maybe you are pregnant???????!!!!!!!

Arizaphale said...

Nothing. But the bad news is after round-up you need to leave the weeds for a week or something to ensure the nasty stuff gets down into their root system and kills em off for good! We are besieged every year here by the ubiquitous and malevolent 'sour sob'. These beauties have a series of little bulbs along their roots so that when you pull up the plant you leave the bulbs behind. You have to wait until they are aaaall in bloom and then spray the bejeezus out of them. It takes great willpower not to rip em straight out of the ground when they first put their heads up!!.

High Heeled Mama said...

We're still so stuck in a drought, I'd be happy to have some crab grass in the least than it would be green instead of brown and splotchy.