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Monday, May 2, 2011

Shave and a Haircut…Tootsie Tip #7 De-Thatching the Lawn

Hey all!!! Thanks for dropping by today…to see what is happening in Central Alberta!

Spring has finally arrived here in my neck of the woods…and the snow is pretty much just a memory. However, remember that little post I did last week about snow mold? Well…today I am here to share how we get rid of the ugly fuzzy mess!


This is a view of the gardens after the spring melt…ewe!!!


The Grass is all packed down from the winter snow pack, and there is a lot of snow mold beginning to take form. This is not a pretty thing to look at and it makes many of us feel rather stuffed up. Sooooo…

I bolt on the thatch blade to the ol lawn mower…and fire her up!


Up and down I go…slow but sure…fluffing up the grass and pulling all the dead dry grass from the turf. It is a messy job.


Up and down…throwing that thatch, fluffing the lawn and scuffing that snow mold away!

After I have gone over it…there is a LOT of dead and dry grass all over the place…


So my resident lawn man grabs the mower and picks it all up and bags it for me! He is in his absolute glory. I have been listening to him nag and complain about how much he wants to fire up the mower and do some grass. Well…today is his lucky day!


Look at the difference it makes! It isn’t hard to keep track of what hasn’t been done yet. (and yes…I am sticking my tongue out at the photographer…lol)


I keep scuffing and fluffing…(the grass..*) )


..and my super hero keeps sucking it all up and bagging it!


We are quite a good team. I am very lucky to have a good man around. He’s a great kid (I think I did a great job raising him!). He helps me all the time and I am so proud that he has become such a fine young man.

We work very well together. In fact, we work so well together …


…that it looks like synchronized mowing!


Ha ha ha ha ! He is so proud and happy to be helping me! He was trying not to smile at the camera most of the time…you know…acting casual! haha


He worked hard today.


The grass looks okay after one run up and down…but…okay is never good enough for this Toots.


It looks even better after I lower the thatch blade just a bit more and go side to side! See how much more it is pulling out?


So I go side to side…


…and my bud goes side to side…back and forth…picking up what I pull out.


I just can’t hardly wait to see it all greened up and growing.


My helper and I were a filthy mess after we finished this part…and we still had the rest of the back yard to do…both sides and the front yard. We did those the next day.

My bud not only helped me with the second day of thatch raking…but he also did Justin’s (the nice guy next door) front back and side, as well as the guy next door to him! He made a few good bucks that day! Good on ya bud!!! Perhaps you should invest in your own jerry can of fuel? Just sayin! *)

It’s amazing what a shave and a haircut can do! Two day’s later, it is already turning green!!!

I just can’t wait till all the spring clean up is done, and the flowers are outside-but that is another post all together isn’t it?

I also am excited to share another project I have slowly been working on…when time permits! BUT…we are beginning another busy week here in my house…so it could be a few days.

Until next time, hugs and smiles…and …of course…happy gardening!

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DeDa Studios said...

aaf stopping by from Not so Moody Monday! Have a great week! Love the hair cut you gave your lawn! NICE!

Sue said...

You have a great helper there. I wish he lived nearby. I HATE mowing. Maybe it's because my lawn never looks better when I'm done. Sand doesn't grow very good grass.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

I have several patches of the mold left and it is not filling in. I am going to have to scruff it up a little more than I did and maybe a light layer of topsoil on the patches.


The Japanese Redneck said...

I'm glad you have such good help.

Darla said...

Good help is hard to find these days. You must be training him well. I remember you doing this last year. I see you two have on short sleeves in some of the photos, that must be a good sign. Drop by and see my moss person it's on my Spanish Moss's so worth a laugh.

Ima Weed said...

So glad we don't have 'snow mold' here in KY. That was a lot of exercise for you and your good helper. We are having so much rain that I think we are breathing in mold with every breath.

Clipped Wings said...

What a lot of work. Makes me glad we have no snow mold here, although the way rain never seems to let up anymore, I may be getting rain mold pretty soon, lol.

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Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

It is nice when the weather finally starts to cooperate and you can get back out in the garden, isn't it? Where I live we have no snow mold, but we have had a long and very rainy spring, so we've only just been able to get out and get gardening! Many years ago, I went to school in Alberta, and I still have a soft spot in my heart for it there--so beautiful!

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Self Sagacity said...

that is a lot of ground. Can't wait to see what you'll do with it either. Yay!

Melynda said...

stopping by from an Oregon Cottage, thatching is a lot of work, your lawn will be beautiful in a couple of weeks.

Betty said...

I have never seen snow mold before. I sure do wish my lawn looked half as good as yours does in the summer, hmmm maybe I should plant some real grass! I was at a geocaching event this past weekend on Mackinac Island, there were several people from Canada there and I mentioned you and where you were from they all shuddered and said it gets really cold there!
Hope all is well with you.

CiNdEe said...

Amazing that in a short time it will be all green and beautiful! It has been a long winter here. I am glad to see the sun shine!

La Petite Gallery said...

Boy! What a Lucky Lady you are to have such a wonderful Son. Tell him I send a big hug , and think he is a Hero.
I have lots of dead spots on the lawn, and my Snowplow man went nuts he scraped up half the lawn. He won't get the job next year. yvonne

classic • casual • home said...

How sweet is it that your son WANTS to help? That may change, hate to break it to you (I have an 18 year old that needs nagging).

aquariann said...

You two are so cute! I can't say that I miss mowing the lawn this year, now that my Ogre's moved in. :D

Deborah Ann said...

Hi Tootise...very interesting post. We don't have snow mold here...just snow. Well, it's gone now, but Lord knows it will be back soon enough.

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