questionsyard work??! do i have to??

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For perspectives, it gets hotter in the summer.

That should be some consideration to do it sooner rather than later ...

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I just spent the morning building an elevated planter for bamboo in 90 degree weather, so I feel your pain. but it is done and looks great.

And no, beyond your standbys, I haven't found any solutions. I'll be monitoring this thread to see if anyone else has. :)

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Putting some unleaded on the yard pretty much stops all yard work in a fairly short period of time and is still cheaper than stuff like Roundup.

Just don't smoke while you do it.

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How about the old standby answer, "Do it yourself."? That's how my husband and I do chores...if you see something that bothers you: fix it/clean it/learn to love it. No nagging or resentment at our house :)

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@ohcheri: Would you do me a favor, and see the things in my house that need to be fixed? I need a break!

Yardwork actually doesn't bother me. I enjoy getting out on my mower and driving around cutting the grass. No one asking me to do anything. No required conversations, no required thought at all. Just mindless driving in circles. It's my little vacation. Same goes for gardening

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@ohcheri: "No nagging or resentment at our house :)" Newlyweds!?!

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@caffeine_dude: Nope, we've been together over 10 years. We just refuse to argue, luckily we agree on almost everything and what we don't agree on we agree not to stress over it. Example: I hate the way he loads the dishwasher but I don't say a word. I just rearrange and be grateful that he tries :-)

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This was a funny question to come in the house and read. I just got through mowing. Currently I'm irrigating, which takes almost no effort, but tomorrow I'll be out there, walking the back yard, slowly, applying a treatment to slow the Bermuda grass. Bermuda is the bane of my existence. Okay, okay, not really, but it surely is a pain.

After I spray the back half, I have one garden bed in the front that needs to be planted (with annuals; it already has multiple lilacs, and some other plants). Then I'll spray the front lawn for grubs and mites (and tomorrow's the last day, since it's nearly time for ladybugs to show up, and I'd like not to have them become collateral damage).

After that, I have a new arrival to put on the network, and a laundry list of other things to do as well, including establishing a new IPv6 tunnel with Hurricane Electric.

Get up. Go outside. Do your chores. The fresh air and exercise will be good for you.

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Over the years I have been the gardener. DH agrees to help a bit with regular old mowing, but doesn't feel the need for flowers or veggies in the yard. About 12 years ago we bought an old house with a HUGE lawn in dire need of love. The previous owners had rented it to a family who had never touched the flower beds for 10 years. I weeded and dug and hoed and tilled, but nothing worked. Then we had a series of family tragedies and I let the flower beds grow over with ground cover, and never got around to planting a vegetable garden. This year we finally PAID a young man to clean out the beds and have, at least, started putting in some basic, low-maintenance plants. I miss the gardening. Pay someone to do the heavy labor if you need to, then try to enjoy the rest.

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@shrdlu: And here in our area people PAY to grow Bermuda, as it is a low maintenance, easy growth cover.

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That's unfortunate and I'm jealous. I no longer have a yard and wish that I could do yard work. It used to be an excellent mental escape for me after along week of work. Interesting to hear how one person's misery could be another's pleasure.

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I'd be happy just to get any type of grass to grow in parts of my yard!

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Probably too late for you, but this really should be part of discussion prior to buying a house. If you really hate yard work a huge garden is probably something you don't want.
Practical considerations for you, either negotiate things that you hate less (cleaning the basement, painting baseboards) as a trade for getting out of yard work or open a discussion as to what your goals for the outside should be. Some things can't be left undone (raking leaves, for instance). How over, maybe you don't need a backyard that looks like something out of Dowton Abbey. Bring down the spouses expectations. I think with some discussion you can work this out.

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spent the spring getting the flower beds going, and really enjoyed all the bricks, and roses. have even somehow managed to get some grass growing on the barren areas (been trying for 9 years). now i wish i had more to do. instead i am stuck reroofing the porch by myself. i'll trade anyone that is willing.

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Due to back problems, I can't do as much as I used to do. We hire someone to mow the grass and do some of the heavier jobs, but I tend the flower beds and love every minute of it. I prefer to work in the early am, 6-8 am. It's usually just slightly cool and the earth smells clean and I love getting my hands into the soil. Can't get enough flowers; I have many perennials; how great are they! Plant them once and they come back year after year with no effort on my part. I supplement with annuals. Going to the gardening center is like a child in the candy store for me. Great time of year!

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This is why I disappear on weekends. If I'm here you can bet the parental units are going to have me doing something around the house.

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@shrdlu: There is a product called Ornamec. It's a selective herbicide and as far as grass goes, it only kills Bermuda. It works really well if you follow the directions verbatim.

Also, another great product for killing weeds in the grass is Crossbow. It kills EVERYTHING except grass (of all sorts). One treatment works for a year and I've yet to feel like the $75 worth of concentrate I got 5 years ago was a waste of money.

The real key to a nice lawn here (East TN), is to use both (not at the same time, of course). My lawn was the worst one in the neighborhood when we bought our house in October, but it's already starting to creep into the top 10. Next year, it'll be the nicest (that's the goal anyway).

It's a lot of work every spring, but it's worth it in the end, when you get to relax and play in the yard with the kids.

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I really enjoy working in my yard. Don't mow, blow, edge - pay to have that done. But, living in Florida, I've found that things grow here. Fast & w/o intentional planting. I have palm trees pop up from sweet little squirrels 'planting' seeds. Ferns (the kind you get in floral arrangements) grow everywhere. I am constantly pulling those out & tossing into the yard waste container.

Always hedges to trim, weeds/stuff to pull out, small (date & fan) palms that need fronds removed. Then I stand back & admire my work. Admit that I don't just view my 'work' one time, I do it repeatedly. Spent about 4 hours yesterday & today clipping, pulling out a vine & raking rogue leaves. Huge kudos to self...& an enormous sense of accomplishment. I am pleasantly tired. :-D

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Well, I would just go ahead and enjoy it as much as you can. When you start working retail... you're probably going to hate it just as much I do right now.

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@capguncowboy: Ahem. Perhaps you missed the part where I said "...but tomorrow I'll be out there, walking the back yard, slowly, applying a treatment to slow the Bermuda grass." Where the weather is conducive to bermuda growth, you may control it, but you can't really kill it out. Pity.

I wouldn't want to use the other product you named, though. I have a garden, not just lawn. My favorite statement about lawn is:

Lawn is what you plant while you're deciding what you want to grow.

I have random garden beds everywhere. I mix flowers and vegetables (combining beauty and utility), and have been known to leave a few carrots in the ground so that they will bloom the next year (carrots have a two year season, and in the wild, their first cousins are known as Queen Anne's Lace). Leeks are also an attractive border.

Marigolds are excellent to plant among the tomatoes and other vegetables, because they help to keep the pests out, as is garlic for those underground evils, the cutworms.

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@modernchaot: Don't know if you're referring to me w/you comments. If you aren't I apologize. To clarify: I am retired, old & widowed. When I was working, not 'old, & blissfully married, I loved working in the yard. Both of us took care of all yard work Friday night or Saturday morning. The rest of the weekend was for our leisurely enjoyment. Many weekends spent on our boat, fishing. Sorry you're unhappy w/yard work. Perhaps a condo would be more to your enjoyment. Life's much too short to be so displeased w/something you probably can change.

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I like yard work up until about July. Here in MN we're cooped up all winter, it's actually nice to be outside, even working, those first few months of spring/summer.

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@capguncowboy: {Stupid character limit}

Here's what I use:

http://www.amazon.com/Bayer-704100B-Bermudagrass-Control-32-Ounce/dp/B001D25Y0K/ref=pd_sbs_lg_4

Ornamec would take out all sorts of things that I actually want to keep, including my beautiful Iris, and the there are those pesky Dogwoods. They tend to be sensitive to herbicides; I know, I've killed one on an oh, so slightly breezy day. From beautiful to blackened in eight, count 'em, eight days. :-(

The Bayer product is a very expensive solution, and it takes several applications, but I don't have to worry about killing the Iris (and the Ornamec will kill them).

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@gmwhit: I was referring to the topic poster (sorry for posting it quite blindly, I'm quite new here). Yard work isn't too bad, especially in a team and not in AZ summer. If I'd had a yard to take care of and would have someone to help me out, I would be doing it all the time :)

It's just my first week in retail (and my first part time job actually) and it's a bit rough for me to get all integrated and function in it.

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@shrdlu: I've never had a problem with the breeze carrying my sprayer's stream off. I got a tip for my sprayer that doesn't turn the herbicide into a mist. Perhaps that's the difference. I've sprayed both of those herbicides around my Phlox, Pansies, Lillies, Lantanas, Boxwoods, Butterfly Bushes, Crape Myrtles, Redbuds, Japanese Maples and just about every other plant in my yard without killing them (and even Dogwoods, but they were fairly large with no leaves less than 6' off the ground). I also don't really have too much stuff scattered around. It's mostly in along the house (with a few exceptions), and surrounded by a wide mulch bed.

I'll have to check out the one you've listed above. I'm always open to new ideas

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@modernchaot: Ah, jeez...no problem at all! Sorry you're having a rough time. It'll get better. Honest. :-D A warm & hearty welcome to deals.woot!

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@gmwhit: It's alright, I have to get used to this stuff one way or the other! Thank you and I look forward to have a great time on here :)

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@mikecris: You're more than welcome to come over and work on my yard.