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Old 08-31-2013, 10:38 AM   #13151
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I'm sure I have thatch, I haven't aerated or plugged the soil in a while, but that picture did not show what I have growing now. Besides the crabgrass, I have these spindly looking blades of grass that were probably 3x as long as the real grass and had blades coming off them. I'm sure it's some kind of grass, but not the kind you want in your yard. I can only do so much, as my yard is pretty big.
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:39 AM   #13152
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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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Old 08-31-2013, 10:55 AM   #13153
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I'm sure I have thatch, I haven't aerated or plugged the soil in a while, but that picture did not show what I have growing now. Besides the crabgrass, I have these spindly looking blades of grass that were probably 3x as long as the real grass and had blades coming off them. I'm sure it's some kind of grass, but not the kind you want in your yard. I can only do so much, as my yard is pretty big.
Sounds like saw grass. Aside from your crab grass.

The property here is quite large. This was a school converted to housing for the elderly. So there was a lot of yard for recess. All that except for the parking lot for about 20 cars has been converted to grass. The management company has a maintenance department with a professional landscaper. There isn't one dandelion in the grass. Not a blade of crab grass. They come twice a week and mow all the grass and treat it with weed killer. It is the kind of lawn that makes you want to take off your shoes and walk on it. Not recommended due to the weed killer. We see the landscaper maybe once a month. The day lilies need attention and until the landscaper shows up, no one is looking after them. All the property is watered twice a day. Early morning and late in the day around 6 p.m. The lawns here are the envy of any home owner who has a lawn.

About ten years ago I lived in an apartment that had a large back yard. It really needed attention. And since I love to garden, I took it upon myself to dig in and get it in prime condition. I had the landlord buy me a lawnmower. That was all I needed. I attacked the lawn first. I removed all the thatch with a rake. I was fortunate that spring and summer. We had fantastic weather that allowed me to be out in the yard almost every day. By fall, all the neighbors came to see the yard. I had continuous blooming flowers all summer long. When one flower stopped blooming, it was time for another to open up. And the grass was in perfect shape. It was a lot of work, but I loved doing it.
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:04 AM   #13154
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Katie, USPS tracking is absolutely absurd. It's never right. Could be early, could be late, but at least you know when the mailman shows up which it is. Today UPS didn't show up until 5:00. A couple says ago it was 10:00 AM. I know I've said it before, but I love that the mail runs like clockwork, even if they don't know what's in the truck
Pac, I love my UPS man, Jack. I know he shows up here at 5 p.m. sharp if anyone here is expecting a package. If one of the residents doesn't answer their door, he comes to my apartment and asks me to make sure they get it. Most of the time it is medicine. He knows that my daughter lives only 30 seconds from where I am and my son lives two blocks away. If any of us are not home, he always goes to one of the other and leaves the package with them. We really get service above and beyond. Our mailman comes at 11 a.m. sharp every day.
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:27 AM   #13155
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I'm on a UPS training route now. Never the same driver or the same time.
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Right now I am getting dressed so I can be ready when my son comes to get me. But I am in trouble. I took my morning meds and my BP meds have kicked in and I can feel my BP dropping too fast. Not a good thing. This is a lousy feeling. My pulse rate is only 56. Time to get up and start moving around.
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:17 PM   #13157
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I'm looking over the 2 huge shopping bags full of almost-ripe apples I picked up after an overladen branch broke off our apple tree. Guess it's time to get out the peeler/corer/slicer and get to work. I'm thinking CP applesauce with maple syrup for some of them.
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I'm looking over the 2 huge shopping bags full of almost-ripe apples I picked up after an overladen branch broke off our apple tree. Guess it's time to get out the peeler/corer/slicer and get to work. I'm thinking CP applesauce with maple syrup for some of them.
Don't the under-ripe ones have more pectin? If so, now would be the time to make some apple jelly and maybe even some mint jelly (just bruise some mint and swirl it through the hot apple jelly). Remember, there's lots of pectin in the skins.
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:41 PM   #13159
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Don't the under-ripe ones have more pectin? If so, now would be the time to make some apple jelly and maybe even some mint jelly (just bruise some mint and swirl it through the hot apple jelly). Remember, there's lots of pectin in the skins.
Now there's an idea, Taxy! I grow mint too.
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Now there's an idea, Taxy! I grow mint too.
I remembered that you grow mint.

I don't bother putting food colouring in mint jelly, so it turns out slightly pink.
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