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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!

*)*)*)…to you three…it does my heart so good to see you here…thanks for thinking of me so often! hugs!!!

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