Wednesday, June 15, 2005

The grass is greener on the other side

Yes, I finally called for a hydroseeding estimate today. They may be too busy to see me today, if not it will be tomorrow, but at least I finally called. It will be interesting to see exactly how much this is going to cost.

It's the same person who hydroseeded the yard of the house I grew up in, so he certainly has experience in it. I don't even remember us getting hydroseed, granted I was only 2 1/2 when we moved into that house.

22 comments:

Lisa said...

What exactly is hydroseeding?

liz said...

It's a mix of grass seed, water, fertilizer etc that is sprayed onto the topsoil. It forms a crusty green layer that protects the seeds from washing away.

I could seed it myself, but rain, crows, etc can come along and wipe out my hard work. And there's also the fact that I have absolutely no interest in seeding my own yard. It may cost more to hydroseed but I'll pay the extra to not have to deal with it myself.

Sod is an option but it's just too expensive and it's not like I *need* instant grass, I've gone this long without it, what's another 3-4 weeks?

scum said...

Seed isn't really all that hard work... Buy a bunch and throw it on the ground... Whatever doesn't come up, plant more later. It's not perfect, but it's a good lazy way of planting grass.

liz said...

Even lazier is me sitting on my deck watching someone else spray my insta-lawn :)

peto said...

*ahem* Grass? YUCK... i hate grass, too much mowing... i mowed my little piece of lawn last week and its already grown 6inches ... grrrr.

liz said...

Well it's not like I can stick up a cactus and pretend I'm in the desert (though the thought did cross my mind)

Chris W. said...

Clover. It's all about the non-growing greenery for the illusion of a green lawn. :)

liz said...

I think that's what they threw around in my front yard but I find it just ends up looking like weeds. Plus it's not as cushiony.

It comes down to this: if I want the badminton net up, I gotta have a lawn.

Lisa said...

Instant grass sounds fun though... :-P

John said...

You don't want to go with cactus. Trust me. I have some knowledge and experience in this area.

liz said...

You make cacti sound evil. Does that mean I shouldn't go visit the cactus park when I'm in Tucson? I looked it up and thought it would be a fun thing to see.

Chris L said...

Don't let CJ distract you from the many beautiful cacti, particularly during the spring when they bloom and create a beautiful landscape. Just don’t plan to play badminton with them nearby. As a child I played baseball with a cactus a little too close to second base and it was not easy to pull the needles out from under my kneecap.

Tucson, as in Tucson, Arizona? If yes, you need to give some notice since Tucson is a relatively short trip from So Cal.

liz said...

Ouch! I can see why that would not be appealing. I'll keep my distance and not play any sports around them while I'm there (yeah, because I play so many sports, ha!)

Is there another Tucson that I am unaware of?

peto said...

Grass update: it is now 8 hours since i menitoned my long grass... it has just grew today another 2 inches. Swear to God :-(
Anyone got a goat for sale?

liz said...

LOL!!!!

Chris L said...

I'm lucky if my grass grows 2" in two weeks. It would probably help if I watered it a bit more often, but I guess that's not really a problem in Canada.

I tried not to assume anything regarding other possible Tucson's that might exist.

mare said...

it's been raining a lot. and the thing with canada is that things really only have what, 5 or 6 months at the most to get their grow on?

so sometimes it's like fast-forward around here. you wake up one morning and everything is green. in the fall you wake up one morning and everything is orange and yellow and red. which is cool.

anyway, yay grass! yay cacti, for they are very pretty, i must agree with the SoCalGang. and i wish i was going to tuscon. :(

but i am going to montreal so it balances. :) and that reminds me, i have to email to see if i can snag another free trip to france.

John said...

Two words: Jumping Cholla.

My case for the evil of cactus is revealed and is irrefutable. The beauty of its flowers and its simple elegance is just the lure to bring you in so it can attack you. Once those sharp, hooked spines get into you, you might as well amputate at the neck, it's faster than pulling the damn things out.

(seriously, I think there are few places as ruggedly beautiful than a desert... but I like green too and it is so different from what I know)

Peto said...

Yet another grass update:

I'm literraly *(sorry Chris LOL )
up to my knees in grass now.
I kid you not!
I wouldn't mind my grass getting so high, but, for the love of God when will it stop raining long enough for me to cut it!? :-(

scum said...

heheh, peto said high... When talking about grass.

Peto said...

Thursday's Grass Report:
... it's still growing!
I think I can actually here it growing when I open my front door... I'm still looking to purchase a goat :-(

John said...

Sheep eat a lot of grass and you get the benefit of the wool.

Of course, goats are better against trolls.


Tough choice.