Friday, April 23, 2010

Weeds and Bugs and Clouds, OH MY

When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. ~Author Unknown

The last few days have been mostly just gorgeous. Yesterday had its up and down moments where it couldn't decide (sunny, cloudy, sunny, cloudy). The biggest downside to that is this: the bugs are out now, and when it's cloudy, they swarm.

Yesterday must have been a mass mosquito hatching, because when I looked out onto my back deck there were thousands of them just... everywhere. ::shivers::

This is the one thing I do NOT like about the nicer weather here. I don't remember ever having this many bugs when I lived in California.

DD and spent some time weeding the gardens between us and our neighbor. It's very frustrating, to be honest. It's hard to keep your lawn and garden looking nice when your next door neighbor's "lawn" looks like this:

As a result, my flower gardens that run the edge of our shared property look like this:

All the weeds from his lawn LOVE to share their seeds with me. It's a constant battle... and I've considered putting down weed block and mulch or rock instead, but that area is lower than the rest and when it rains, it washes everything away. DD and I spent well over an hour weeding diligently and barely made a dent.

We have a new neighbor, though -- the original owner was forclosed on about a year ago and the house went up for auction, and we're hoping the new guy will do something with the mess.


You Should Work With Information

You are highly analytical and logical. You are good at sifting through facts.

You enjoy complexity, and for you, there's nothing more exhilarating than solving a puzzle.

You are detail oriented and focused. You don't let anything slip through the cracks.

You are trustworthy and ethical. People can trust you with there most private information.

Yeah.. that'll work. CIA, here I come!!!


Ceri Hebert said...

I hope your new neighbor fixes his lawn up. As far as lawns go, that one is pretty barren. I'm not one to talk, our front lawn is not a good looking one. To compensate we took the backyard, which was just a huge tangle of bushes and weeds and mess and turned it into a nice grassy area where the kids could play. There's still a thicket for the birds, but at least it's not a thorn forest.

groovyoldlady said...

Oh Dear. I have a feeling our neighbor says the same about us... His yard is a paragon of virtue with lush grass, fabulous perennials, and a picture perfect vegetable garden. Our philosophy is "If it's green, let it grow, so we are a hotbed of weeds. However, we do keep them well mowed and I do try to keep them out of my little, nasty, clay filled veggie *cough* garden and out of my mediocre flower beds.

Maria Zannini said...

Weed barrier fabric should work pretty well as long as the edges were tamped down. You could use those metal pins landscapers use to keep it down.

It's a lot of work depending on how much you have to protect though. It might be easier to wait and see if the new neighbor will pony up.

Brandy said...

I'm glad you've had nice weather, but ick on the bugs. Sorry to hear your last neighbor let his yard get so badly. Hopefully your new neighbor will do something about the yard.
I have the same results as you in the quiz.

I hope your day is fabulous!

Tori Lennox said...

One of the things I loved about Arizona was lack of mosquitoes. Or at least the fact there were less there than other places.

Dru said...

That's the one thing I dislike about Spring and Summer..bugs.

re quiz: I Should Work With Information

I hope you had a pleasant day.