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Old 22-04-2003, 01:08 AM
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.. .
I plunged the
shovel into the ground, pushed with my boot, and applied leverage to free
the azalea. The plant popped right out and when I looked down I had a

large
dazed mole in the shovel! I had to look twice as I was totally amazed to
see that I had removed both the dead plant and a completely intact animal

in
a single effort.

The mole looked dazed. It barely moved. My first reaction was to drop it
and cut it in two with the shovel. I put it on the ground and poked it
lightly with the shovel. It let out a pathetic squeal. I couldn't bring
myself to kill it so I just picked it up with the shovel and tossed it a
couple of feet into the wood. It laid there for a few minutes. When I
checked back later it was gone. I thought that anyone could kill a mole,
but only an intelligent being could lean to live with them.



I've heard that high pitched mewing too. It reminds you this is another
living creature. My dogs catch moles and drop them right at my feet, usually
alive. I can't kill the little buggers so I take them down to the wildlife
area and let them go in the tall brush where they can hide. Oh, the mole
mounds you see there now......



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Old 22-04-2003, 03:56 AM
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.. My dogs catch moles and drop them right at my feet, usually
alive.


So do my cats, but they are just trying to teach me the art of molehunting.
They think playing with ones' food is de rigeur, in catiquette. Waste not,
want not, they demonstrate.

One fat bud on one of the unnamed J&P minis, been there three days,
stubbornly won't pop...hope it blooms before the buggies come out after it!


Scopata Fuori



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Old 22-04-2003, 06:08 AM
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Susan H. Simko wrote:

Nope. I act like Susan. The s.o. claims the mold broke afte rme as

the
world couldn't take more than one without coming apart at the seams.


When I was born, they threw away the mold. Eventually some of it grew
back....

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Warren H.

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Disclaimer: My views reflect those of myself, and not my
employer, my friends, nor (as she often tells me) my wife.
Any resemblance to the views of anybody living or dead is
coincidental. No animals were hurt in the writing of this
response -- unless you count my dog who desperately wants
to go outside now.


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Old 23-04-2003, 11:08 PM
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We used to live next door to what we lovingly termed "lawn nazis." After
mowing, husband and wife both would put on knee pads and crawl over their
yard on hands and knees uprooting every last little weed. The wife even
carried scissors! We never could figure them out.


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Old 24-04-2003, 12:08 AM
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We used to live next door to what we lovingly termed "lawn nazis." After
mowing, husband and wife both would put on knee pads and crawl over their
yard on hands and knees uprooting every last little weed. The wife even
carried scissors! We never could figure them out.


Funny, but I have been referred to as a Lawn Nazi. I'm not sure why. I
have very small lawn in the front that I do try to keep orderly. I mow once
a week, run the edger and string trimmer, and water when it needs it. The
back lawn has more weeds than grass. There are at least three mole hills
out there right now. I see others who spend far more time on their lawns
than I do, but they do stupid things that cause more harm than good. There
are people who roll their lawns every springs. Then there are the people
who have the lawn services that drench the turn with chemicals every few
weeks. I guess that because my lawn looks better than theirs, they must
assume that I spend more time and effort than they do. It is amazing how
much good an inch of water does in August as opposed to 50 pounds of turf
builder with Haltz in April.




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Old 24-04-2003, 12:08 AM
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What's to figure out? Live and let live. Since I signed on the dotted line and
agreed to the deed restrictions, I keep a relatively kept front yard. The
backyard is mine to do with as I please.

I wish I had a neighbor who hand pulls weeds. My neighbor dumps every sort of
chemical he can get his little man complex hands on. He then had the f'n nerve
to tell me I shouldn't plant oleander because his kids could be poisoned.

When you figure him out, let me know.

On Wed, 23 Apr 2003 16:05:03 -0500, "CG" wrote:

We used to live next door to what we lovingly termed "lawn nazis." After
mowing, husband and wife both would put on knee pads and crawl over their
yard on hands and knees uprooting every last little weed. The wife even
carried scissors! We never could figure them out.


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Old 24-04-2003, 03:56 PM
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Vox Humana wrote:

Funny, but I have been referred to as a Lawn Nazi. I'm not sure why. I
have very small lawn in the front that I do try to keep orderly. I mow once
a week, run the edger and string trimmer, and water when it needs it. The
back lawn has more weeds than grass. There are at least three mole hills
out there right now. I see others who spend far more time on their lawns
than I do, but they do stupid things that cause more harm than good. There
are people who roll their lawns every springs. Then there are the people
who have the lawn services that drench the turn with chemicals every few
weeks. I guess that because my lawn looks better than theirs, they must
assume that I spend more time and effort than they do. It is amazing how
much good an inch of water does in August as opposed to 50 pounds of turf
builder with Haltz in April.


Reminds me of the conversation I had with my neighbor last night. She
was bemoaning the fact that our yard looked better than hers and she
paid a service a lot of money to get hers in better shape. *laugh*
That's the exact reason why I refuse to pay anyone to do anything with
my yard. It doesn't take much and it certainly doesn't need the heavy
amount of chemicals they put down to get it to look decent. All I do is
seed, put down some fertilizer and lime and occasionally I strap on my
aerating sandals and take a stroll through the yard.

Last night she was putting down major amounts of weed and feed
fertilizer. I told her that I won't do that because at least the weeds
are green and without them I would have major bare patches. I'm trying
to eliminate bare patches not create more. Thank goodness her property
is downhill from mine though I do wonder what the neighbors on the other
side (downhill) of her are going to think....

Like I said before, I love of beds with tons of flowers and no dirt to
be seen. The mess and profusion of colours make me happy everytime I
look at them.

Susan
s h simko at duke dot edu = real email address

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Old 24-04-2003, 05:44 PM
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On Wed, 23 Apr 2003 16:05:03 -0500, "CG"
wrote:

We used to live next door to what we lovingly termed "lawn nazis." After
mowing, husband and wife both would put on knee pads and crawl over their
yard on hands and knees uprooting every last little weed. The wife even
carried scissors! We never could figure them out.


I think there must be a certain thrill in this sort of perfectionism
that is nevertheless very hard to watch. If you think about it, there
are two kinds of perfectionism--the one achieved by taking things away
and another by adding.
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Old 24-04-2003, 05:56 PM
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Vox Humana wrote:

Funny, but I have been referred to as a Lawn Nazi. I'm not sure why...




Someone put a column in our local paper last year with a test that would
tell you if you were a lawn nazi. I took the test and found out that I'm
an extremist (in the other direction -- I scored 5 out of the 100 that
indicated your status as a lawn nazi). My lawn gets mowed 3-4 times a
year, whether it needs it or not. It hasn't seen fertilizer or
(non-natural) watering in 20 years. I drive and park on it. I plow snow
off it in the winter, scalping large sections in the process. In the
spring I throw some grass seed on the scalped sections and forget it.
It's green because the weeds are green as well as the grass.

My neighbor has a lawn service that comes in once or twice a week and
mows the lawn. They cut it short. In the dry summer last year my long
grass was green and their short manicured lawn was brown.
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Old 24-04-2003, 06:56 PM
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Reminds me of the conversation I had with my neighbor last night. She
was bemoaning the fact that our yard looked better than hers and she
paid a service a lot of money to get hers in better shape. *laugh*
That's the exact reason why I refuse to pay anyone to do anything with
my yard. It doesn't take much and it certainly doesn't need the heavy
amount of chemicals they put down to get it to look decent. All I do is
seed, put down some fertilizer and lime and occasionally I strap on my
aerating sandals and take a stroll through the yard.

Last night she was putting down major amounts of weed and feed
fertilizer. I told her that I won't do that because at least the weeds
are green and without them I would have major bare patches.


Where I live it is still pretty cool. Weeds aren't growing that well.
While it might be a good idea (probably a little late) to use some
pre-emergent herbicide, it is a waste of money and detrimental to the
environment to apply a post-emergent herbicide now. I have explained this
until I am blue to my neighbors. They insist on putting down "weed and
feed" regardless of the circumstances. What's more frightening, they NEVER
read the directions on any product they use. God only know if they are
applying the stuff at the rate suggested by the manufacturer. I have also
concluded that they shouldn't bother removing any plants from the container
they were grown in because they move things all year long until the plants
are dead. They prune shrubs at the wrong time and complain that they aren't
getting many flowers.




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Old 24-04-2003, 11:20 PM
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animaux writes:
to tell me I shouldn't plant oleander because his kids could be poisoned.

you should tell him to keep your kids off of your property, or monitor
them while they are on it, lest they start grazing like wild animals
on your plants and poison themselves...

--
be safe.
flip
(who has several *fine* patches of Atropa Belladonna in the back yard)

^___^ Count to three. Make a wish. Close your eyes.
\^.^/ Wait. Scratch that, reverse it.
==u== - apologies to Roald Dahl

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Dwight Sipler wrote:

Vox Humana wrote:

Funny, but I have been referred to as a Lawn Nazi. I'm not sure why...




Someone put a column in our local paper last year with a test that would
tell you if you were a lawn nazi. I took the test and found out that I'm
an extremist (in the other direction -- I scored 5 out of the 100 that
indicated your status as a lawn nazi). My lawn gets mowed 3-4 times a
year, whether it needs it or not. It hasn't seen fertilizer or
(non-natural) watering in 20 years. I drive and park on it. I plow snow
off it in the winter, scalping large sections in the process. In the
spring I throw some grass seed on the scalped sections and forget it.
It's green because the weeds are green as well as the grass.

My neighbor has a lawn service that comes in once or twice a week and
mows the lawn. They cut it short. In the dry summer last year my long
grass was green and their short manicured lawn was brown.


You are way cool, please speak with these crazies in that thread that
discusses using power tools to direct rocks at their face in order to
obtain a finely edged lawn.

(just spent hours and hours getting shredded mulch then raking some
leaves in, on top, to hide my shame and play woodlands, then there are
other extreames)
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Vox Humana wrote:
They prune shrubs at the wrong time and complain that they
aren't getting many flowers.


This one always gets me. There are some folks near me with very nice
forsythia hedge. They keep it cut to about 1 1/2 feet high, pruning it
off and on including late in the fall. In the spring, while all their
neighbors have splashes of yellow and they could have a wonderful line
of color the entire width of their front yard, they get an occasional
flower or three. I'm not crazy about forsythia but it does give us a
nice display early in the spring. But without the week of flowers,
what's the point?

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Vox Humana wrote:
They prune shrubs at the wrong time and complain that they
aren't getting many flowers.


This one always gets me. There are some folks near me with very nice
forsythia hedge. They keep it cut to about 1 1/2 feet high, pruning it
off and on including late in the fall. In the spring, while all their
neighbors have splashes of yellow and they could have a wonderful line
of color the entire width of their front yard, they get an occasional
flower or three. I'm not crazy about forsythia but it does give us a
nice display early in the spring. But without the week of flowers,
what's the point?


The forsythia are about done here, but every spring when they bloom I make a
mental note to get one for my mixed shrub border. Most of the year they are
pretty ordinary, but one would be a nice splash of color in the early
spring.

On a more positive note (for me), the above mentioned neighbors got tired of
their lilac that never bloomed so they decided to remove it. I offered to
do the job if they gave it to me and they were happy to be rid of it without
any work. It looked pretty sorry last year, but it is nearly ready to burst
into bloom. When it is fully covered with flowers, I want to show it to
them so they can see how good it looks without the ill timed pruning.


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Hiya Pete honey.........

I am a messy gardener. But its very neat. If that makes any sense.

Cathy



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