Sunday, April 17, 2011

How to Grow Grass the Brioni Way: Part I

Let's go back in time shall we? How about three years ago?
Once upon a time we bought a house that had a lawn. In the picture below you can see it. Although, a little brown we had a lawn, nonetheless. After all, the previous owners bought sod in a last ditch effort to sell the house (our house had been on the market for over four months before we purchased it).

Then we had a five month renovation and the fall came...

Like the grim reaper, the fallen leaves killed our grass.  Because we were living in Gaithersburg while our kitchen renovation was going on, we didn't think to maintain the lawn. Yes, hindsight is 20/20 and all that jazz... :(

But once we moved in we found out that we had a bigger problem on our hands--Bees. Burrowing Bees to be exact. Just as their name describes, they're bees that burrow into the ground. Despite these little guys being harmless, the mass number of them hanging out in our yard made them more of a nuisance. Doesn't the sound of buzzing bees freak you out? It freaks me out that's for sure.

So we headed to our local hardware store Fragers, to find a solution to our bee problem. Surprisingly, all of the employees came to the bees' defense. They wanted to deter us from killing the bees claiming that,  "They're great pollinators!" Despite the Fragers employees pleas, we wanted them gone. With that said, they suggested sprinkling roach powder on the lawn and in the bee holes.

Here's a shot of Jill doing the dirty work...

And Judy looking on...

After we had spread the roach powder throughout the yard, we applied the EZ-seed around the area. Unfortunately, we didn't know that we had to prep the ground first (i.e. till the soil) resulting in the seeds being eaten by squirrels and birds.  The lucky survivors just sat on the surface of the dirt and grass didn't grow.

We decided to take a little hiatus on this project, but we weren't ready to throw in the towel yet! We had another trick up our sleeve! So our second attempt at growing our grass would come a year later...stay tuned! :)

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