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Old 08-30-2013, 09:05 PM   #13141
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So Fred, is your credit card account all better now?

I'm about to make Margaritas. Let the weekend begin.
Beats me. Too fed up to call back after 4;00 and see.

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Must have gone over your limit buying the grill and bacon fixin's.

Is your CC company US-based? Ours is and we haven't had any problems since we opened it in 1987. Quite a track records these days.
Beats me. Too fed up to call back after 4:00 and see. You
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:08 AM   #13142
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I hope it's better Pac, Shrek had a problem with his debit card. Someone had swiped it and used it online. Took two days to get it fixed. The company that was defrauded told Shrek it would take 3 days to get it credited back to him, he said, "It took you 3 seconds to remove it from my account, by the time I get off the phone it better be back." It was back...Ogre Power!!!
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:41 AM   #13143
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Good morning everyone. It is 6:30 a.m. I have to go to a party that I don't want to go to. There will be a lot of drinking that I don't like being around. Fortunately my kids are like me. They don't drink. I don't know about the grandkids though. I hate family parties. My kids have reached the stage where they do too. They would rather have a quiet dinner party with close friends. But now it is the generation that is in their late 20s and early 30s. They still like to party hearty. Someone please come and rescue me. I know, I can feign elderly aches and pains, but I promised I would attend. After all, it is for my grandson. He has worked hard for this accomplishment. And I only see them at Christmas.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:28 AM   #13144
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Have fun at the party (as much as you can).

I just picked up the tire from my zero turn. I guess I'll finish mowing the lawn before this storm moves in. No dew on the grass this morning.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:33 AM   #13145
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Have fun at the party (as much as you can).

I just picked up the tire from my zero turn. I guess I'll finish mowing the lawn before this storm moves in. No dew on the grass this morning.
Thanks Pac. I may just stay in the house away from everyone. Party pooper that I am.

Pac, do you collect your grass trimmings for compost or let them refeed the grass?
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:24 AM   #13146
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I lays where it falls... or falls where it lays, whichever, lol.
I just noticed I really don't have grass anymore. My yard has been taken over by some kind of spindly thing. Looks like another reseed is in order.
I have no topsoil, so it's very hard for me to grow nice lawn-type grass.
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:41 AM   #13147
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I lays where it falls... or falls where it lays, whichever, lol.
I just noticed I really don't have grass anymore. My yard has been taken over by some kind of spindly thing. Looks like another reseed is in order.
I have no topsoil, so it's very hard for me to grow nice lawn-type grass.
Sounds like you have thatch. The only way to get rid of that is to take a wide spring rake and scratch your whole lawn and loosen it all up. Then you have to put it in piles and bag it for the compost pile. Otherwise, it will just become packed down again. Been there, done it. Not a fun job. But so worth the energy.
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Addie, you got me curious about lawn thatch. Our condo association has our lawns aerated every year to help prevent excess thatch. It seems to work. I Googled lawn thatch and found this interesting bit of info:

Aeration, raking and lawn care

The best way to get rid of thatch is regular aeration and good lawn care practices. Aeration should be done every year or two, depending on the severity of the thatch, the condition of the lawn and how much foot traffic there is on the grass. Aeration can be done in spring or fall.
Raking also is an option for removing thatch. You can use a regular garden rake to pull out the dead grass and thatch. This is hard, time-consuming work and recommended only for small sections. For larger areas, power or mechanical rakes are available for rent or purchase. And, while these are efficient and quick, you need to be careful not to damage the grass that is healthy or tear up the soil.
Regular aeration reduces or eliminates the need for raking thatch. Make sure to set the mechanical rake's controls properly. Once the thatch is removed, the lawn may not look good. Overseeding to fill in bare or thin spots in the lawn may be needed.
To prevent thatch buildup, use a high quality, slow release nitrogen fertilizer, such as a Greenview Fairway Formula Fertilizer, and mow to keep the grass about 3 inches tall.



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Old 08-31-2013, 10:08 AM   #13149
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Better yet, get rid of the grass and let it become a meadow that doesn't need anything to maintain it. Bees are starving for food and grass does nothing for them.
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Better yet, get rid of the grass and let it become a meadow that doesn't need anything to maintain it. Bees are starving for food and grass does nothing for them.
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The lawn here at my condo association is pretty diverse. There is some Kentucky blue grass, which was planted/seeded. There's also dandelions, clover, some other green "weeds", and in the past few years, creeping Charlie and violets*. The only "lawn care" it gets is the annual aeration, mowing, and raking of leaves in fall. It looks fine.

* I may have had something to do with the creeping Charlie and violets. When they started tearing down the woods across the street to build condos, I went over there and dug up some violets, creeping Charlie, and strawberries. Unfortunately the wild strawberries didn't take. I planted them in my own yard, honest. It wasn't until 2 years ago that I started spreading the creeping Charlie and violets to shaded areas that were hardly growing anything.
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