No Blight in Sight

Feb 22, 2020 | 0 comments

The Green, Green Grass of Home

Tom, The-Mower-Man, (I really think of him as Tom, TMM, like the MD after a doctor’s name or the PhD titles of the academics we revered as “full” professors when I was in college) was here on Tuesday and our lawn looks FABULOUS!  What with the rains and a lingering chest cold and other winter pitfalls, it was his first mowing opportunity since early December.

Nyel says we have about an acre of lawn but when it is newly mowed and feeling in good fettle, it looks like acres and acres of lushness.  At least, it does to me.  I walked all around yesterday doing a careful inspection.  Many of those 50+ mole hills that we had last summer have grown over — some with dandelions that I need to take care of, but mostly with grass.  The big patch of moss on the east lawn has all but disappeared, and the new lawn that takes the place of Nyel’s erstwhile vegetable garden is even healthier looking than the rest.

The Green Green Grass of Home

All of the above is thanks to the hard work of so many — Dale and Mark of the Rose City Mixed Quartet who attacked the moss and did an application of lawn food; Eugene-the-landscaper who removed railroad ties and other vestiges of the raised beds and hefted soil and seed for the new patch; and even me who spread moss killer and lawn food over the entire acreage on Memorial Day, on the Fourth of July, and on Labor Day.  Whew!  And soon it will be time again…

I am reminded of my father’s question to one of the groundsmen working on the lawn in front of Christ Church in Oxford.  “How do you keep the lawns so perfect looking?” he asked.

Christ Church, Oxford

“Well, sir,” came the answer in a broad north country accent, “First we sows ’em; then we rolls ’em; then we mows ’em.”  What he didn’t add was that four or five centuries of doing the same has helped a lot!  Fortunately, Tom, TMM and I only have to think about one season at a time here in Oysterville!



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