Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Our 2 Challenges from Aerating the Lawn!

  Have you ever aerated your lawn? If you have and you have dogs, you know that it brings muddy challenges, but that's not the ONLY challenge.

WHY AERATE YOUR LAWN? - Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn. The main reason for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction.

It's aerated dirt. Really.
THE CHALLENGES -The there are 2 main challenges to daily life that I've experienced after having someone aerate the lawn, specifically the back yard where we let the dogs out.

1) A MUDDY MESS -  the morning dew makes for a very MUDDY mess from paws that come back inside. Why? Because the aeration brings up dirt and puts it on top of the grass.  So, we've had to set towels on the floor of the sun porch and have another towel handy to clean paws. Of course, trying to clean 4 sets of paws at once is a challenge, and someone always sneaks past.
 2) PICKING UP THE BACK YARD - When the yard is aerated, the "aerator" has little pipe-like things that pick up a tubular shaped piece of dirt about 2" long and 3/4" in diameter... Basically they look like Dachshund poop!  
It's aerated dirt. Really.
 - and of course, being color-blind, I (Rob) have a really hard time telling the difference. (One way around it is to follow our Dachshund Franklin, who can sniff out #2 from a mile away). Anyway, it makes for a challenge and an extended time to "poo hunt." 
   And yes, there have been "mis-steps" where I thought I was stepping on aerated dirt! 

Who has muddy paws?


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next