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LJWorld, can we get a poll to see how often people are watering? I have two neighbors who are clearly not educated on lawn maintenance, because they water 4 times a day, every single day (that is not an exaggeration). Their yards look horrible and are full of weeds. Every single zone is set to about 20 minutes per runtime. It's great, as it makes my sideyards into swamps. :-/
My neighbors water on a timer. They frequently water during thunderstorms. I just shake my head and wonder what they are thinking.
actually, watering during a quick storm isn't so stupid as a lot of the rain water runs off and taking advantage of that bit that soaks in with additional watering helps to make the soil more absorbent.
I use a mulching mower all spring & summer.
I only suck up, grind, and bag leaves in the fall and spring during yard clean-up.
No. Me and Hollis turn the clippings into butter or oil and bake with them. It is very easy to always be green
Three mowings if it's a good year then round bale it.
Smoke 'em if you got 'em.
Exactly, snap! This question should have been asked back in 1970. The answers would have been much more diverse! :-)
No, but I was at the park the other day with my dog when, dogs being dogs, she decided to rectify a small digestive issue by taking a huge...well, you get the drift. Either my pooch is semi-civilized for a canine or she doesn't like all the goose turds on the sidewalk because she always leads me far from the pavement to accomplish this.
Right after her little ritual of relief, we turned to head away when a pretty woman approached, her hand extended. "Here," she said, offering a plastic bag, the likes of which I haven't seen since 'Legally Blonde 2.'
"Uh, thanks?' I said..
So, long story short, I had to carry a bag of my dog's poop all the way around the path because the trash can was 50 yards the wrong way. And as far as going the wrong way? Doggie don't play dat.
I suppose I could've manned up & declined the pretty lady's generous offer, but she looked like she had an agenda & I was the current item on it.
So as ballsy as I get is to post this intention to not become Peter Peter Pooper Picker. The stuff goes away quickly in the summer, the maintenance crew doesn't seem to mind & really, what's greener, wrapping poop in plastic or letting nature take its course?
Am I wrong?
Oh, and don't bag your clippings. It's silly.
first of all, how is this relevant? second, yes. you're wrong. our public parks are not your litter box. if your dog wants to poop on grass, but you don't want to clean it, there IS a solution--let him poop in YOUR yard. your dog is as civilized as dogs get. You, on the other hand, are another story. "Manning up" would be bringing your own bag. Do you feel like those with children are responsible for their care, behavior, and clean-up when in public? You incur those same obligations with pets. Which most people know, and for which we have laws to encourage those who forget their manners. Happy trails.
Our dog poops on our yard. Our neighbors dog runs free night and day. I would complain except it comes into our yard and eats the poop left by our dog.
Never understood the people (not original description) that will let their dogs poop in a park or school yard. How stupid is it to think nobody else will use those areas. Children don't look where they step when they're playing, and shouldn't have to.
That was funny and well written... I agree with you in principle--it DOES deteriorate quickly and it IS greener than using special plastic bags.
However... since dogs don't care whether they go 10 feet away from a jungle gym in the park or deep in the woods where it wouldn't matter, I am in favor of scooping when it makes sense and provides a common courtesy to others. Who wants their toddler stepping in a dog pile at the park? When I take my dogs out, I carry bags that have already been used for produce or something and would be thrown out anyway. I don't knot or twist tie them, so nature can still take its course with the contents.
Not saying you (or others) should do things my way--just saying what I do and how I try to reconcile the different factors involved. If my dogs go in some remote spot where there isn't any playground and very little foot traffic, I leave it there. (Walkthehawk may now sue me.) If we're walking through a residential area and the dog just has to go (their timing is uncanny) I steer them to the gutter, if possible, and scoop it. I wouldn't want somebody else leaving dog crap in my yard, so why should I leave my dog's in theirs?
But you do have a good point--people are now sending thousands of bags of dog crap to landfills... and people actually buy bags for the purpose, instead of using repurposed ones. That, I think, is ridiculous.
Walkthehawk, thank you for your input, although I would like to point out that posting on LJWorld blogs is rarely limited to relevancy. The poll question reminded me of what I stated & asked.
Regarding that, I was genuinely curious in folks' reactions. As far as the law goes I'm vulnerable to ticketing for sure. I can only speculate I've never gotten one because my dog doesn't run wild, is always on a leash when she's off her property & is controlled by a common sense handler. I am virtually certain that the locations where my dog is allowed to evacuate are never trodden by kids in Keds.
Having said all that, sometimes it's a 'go along to get along' world. I will carry a bag. Common sense & civilty will dictate whether or not I use it.
If you mow your lawn regularly & try to only shorten it by a third or so, you shouldn't need to bag your clippings.
dang, civility, not civilty
We bag our clippings sometimes. I wish the LJW would look more closely at the choices of their polls. Often it is not a yes/no kind of thing, but they set it up like that. Sometimes we bag our clippings for use in our composte pit that we have. Sometimes we let the clippings fly as shade for the grass roots.
No, but I clip my bagged grassings.
at 4:00 pm, I vote 'no'
I never bag clippings. Never understood why anyone would do that--especially if they send them to landfills. If you wait long enough between mowings that you're cutting insane amounts of grass, start a compost pile. Otherwise, as rockchalker52 says, there's no need to bag it. The clippings dry out to practically nothing very quickly.
I take care of four lawns (including my own) and they all want them bagged. Eudora has a great leaf and grass dump where this debris gets turned into something useful later. Mulching mowers create a thatch problem. I know because I tried mulching, and ended up rejecting it. I just dump my bagger straight from the mower into my pick up and take it to our leaf and grass dump that the city provides. You have to be a city resident to use it however.
We purchased a house some years ago in large part because there is NO lawn. We sold the mower and haven't had to mow since.
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