This summer was a killer for our lawn, which was pathetic to start with. What started out as patchy is now entirely weeds. I don't mean some clover mixed in with grass. I mean, there isn't any grass, only this weird, spreading weed.
It suddenly came to my attention this past weekend that if we are going to re-seed the lawn, we have to do it NOW, before the heavy frosts come. We are not gardening folks, but the lawn is pathetic & we need a fix, quick. But, what to do with these weeds? I decided that we needed to remove them by digging them up. Then, we could get a load of topsoil, some seed, water it & be done with the thing. Just needed to get rid of those weeds first. I decided to dig up the weeds with a shovel. The entire yard. Seemed like a simple plan. 2 days of shoveling & one quarter of the yard later, I decided to go to our friendly local hardware store to see if I could find a better method than the shovel.
As I asked the saleslady for advice on a tool, she looked at me in horror & cried that I shouldn't be removing the weeds at all. No indeed. I need to be creating a foundation. According to her, a foundation requires a ph test, whatever stuff is necessary to correct the ph, two kinds of topsoil, grass seed, fertilizer, and proper mowing. She suggested that I contact our local extension service, take some classes from them & get that ph test right away. Growing a lawn is serious business indeed. I meekly left the store with a ph test & a hoe (just in case I decided to go at the weeds after all).
I got home and promptly broke the ph testing tool. Not on purpose, of course. Things are just continuing on the same path this project has been on so far...leading me straight to banging my head against the wall.
I'm sure that hardware lady is right. I'm sure a lawn like that photo above (from a gardening website, incidentally. doesn't resemble my lawn in the least) does take all of the effort that she laid out & more. But all I want is just a little grass. Just a little. No more bare brown dirt. No more unidentifyable weeds. Just enough so that neighborhood kids won't snicker & laugh as they pass our house.