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Lots of pain, but a little joy--I found something that supposedly kills bahiagrass, selectively, so my dream of eradicating it from my yard may soon be realized. It's that woody, thin grass that grows faster than anything else and sprouts 18" tall seed pods in a week.
It's Image "Kills Nutsedge," about $20 for a small concentrate bottle, by the way.

It doesn't work, by the way. I mean, it's obviously toxic to the bahiagrass, but it doesn't kill it--just stunts the growth a little.

I need something more powerful. Google says I should try sethoxydim, which kills it a little better but is poisonous to just about every grass. In fact it's sold as grass killer--but it doesn't kill centipede. Fortunately my yard is mostly centipede.

I really don't like centipede by the way. It's the weakest growing grass there is. Supposedly it's good for drought and shade but the roots are so shallow in clay soil that it's a really poor performer in both, especially under a tree that takes all the water. It also has a yellowish cast to it unless you constantly give it iron.
post #92 of 2193
I bought our house from the builder who built it for himself in 2006 and extended the home warranty when it came up for renewal. I figured if the guy knew he was living there, he'd be sure things were done right. I've used the home warranty a couple of times in 4 years, but I probably would have been better off banking the $700 annual premiums, but declining a home warranty when I moved to Houston and having both the air and furnace crap out in the first year has cured me of frugality when it comes to home warranties, or even rational economic assessment of the costs and benefits of them! I just hate anything to do with home maintenance, and our HOA requires all owners to fund a yard service who cuts grass, spreads mulch twice a year, and maintains landscaping. I will probably rent next since homeownership is never a good option for someone like me so likes to change cities every 4 or 5 years out of boredom.
post #93 of 2193
I did not realize you were such a vagabond, Gnatty. Yeah, renting does sound like the way to go for you. Although, if you change in the next year or so, you should be able to get a screaming deal in your new city.
post #94 of 2193
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I did not realize you were such a vagabond, Gnatty. Yeah, renting does sound like the way to go for you. Although, if you change in the next year or so, you should be able to get a screaming deal in your new city.

I am on my 4th state since 1998, some for less time than others. I just bore very easily, and one's surroundings are fairly easy to change.

Now getting back to the original premise of this thread, I have an unruly tree (trimming of trees is not covered by the HOA's yard service) in the front yard in desperate need of a trim, meaning I'll pay someone a 500 dollar bill for the trouble I am sure.. ffffuuuu.gif
post #95 of 2193
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yes, well, you were already well aware of this when we played I lost all those games of chess a while back.

You didn't lose them all -- I recall the particularly painful blundering away of a bishop ... censored.gif

Taxed my limited handyman skills this weekend by installing a rainbarrel -- wife's bloody eco-freak idea, not mine, dammit! cloud.gif

Anyway, had to futz around with the assembly first, which wasn't helped by instructions that had no diagrams. At first I thought we were hooped when I couldn't find one of the nozzle-whatsits. Turns out it had wriggled itself into the coiled interior of the overflow hose in transit. Once I found it, I was able to put the thing together. Then off to Home Depot to get a flexible downspout extender. Finally, much swearing and grunting with the tin-snips to cut off the bottom half of the downspout, shove the flexible extender onto it, and prop the barrel up against the side of the house.

Now enjoying my second glass of Argie Malbec ... oregonian_winesmiley.gif
post #96 of 2193
You're so worried about the environment that you bought a gigantic plastic tub that was probably shipped here from China?

Oh, well, at least you get that big eyesore to sit next to your house... to save about 5 minutes worth of water out of the tap.

I guess I could go for something like that if it was under a deck. But if you care that much about free water, get a well or a pond or something.

Edit: that's kind of a nasty comment. Oh, well. I just hate rain barrels.
Edited by Ataturk - 6/3/12 at 8:33pm
post #97 of 2193
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(...)I sometimes found it more expensive to buy the tools needed and spend the time researching the project than just hiring the right guy in the first place. Pick your battles well.

So a few years ago we gutted a bathroom and I dropped some coin on a heavy-duty Sawzall. Hadn't used it again until yesterday when my folks came over and my dad was looking for things to help with. I think retirement has him climbing the walls, looking for things to do, but we moseyed over to this one inside corner where I was struggling to get these board-ends out. The corner has siding on one side and brick on the other and they sided first - which means that the brick wall covers the first ledger board. I couldn't get to the nails at all with any sort of prybar and the boards would wiggle but otherwise not budge at all. Finally we got the Sawzall and started cutting between siding and ledgerboard, which cut the nails off flush. Not sure why it took so long to think of that, but it worked like a charm.

We also replaced a few outdoor lights and sensors, which was nice to get done.
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It doesn't work, by the way. I mean, it's obviously toxic to the bahiagrass, but it doesn't kill it--just stunts the growth a little.
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eugh, good luck with that.
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(...) Taxed my limited handyman skills this weekend by installing a rainbarrel -- wife's bloody eco-freak idea, not mine, dammit! cloud.gif
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yeah, my dad did that too, has a inside corner to his roof where he gets a lot of drainage so a good rain provides a few hundred gallons...which goes into his pool.
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You're so worried about the environment that you bought a gigantic plastic tub that was probably shipped here from China?
(...)Oh, well. I just hate rain barrels.

We have two that are reclaimed chemical barrels...but haven't put them into service.
post #98 of 2193
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Originally Posted by Ataturk View Post

You're so worried about the environment that you bought a gigantic plastic tub that was probably shipped here from China?
Oh, well, at least you get that big eyesore to sit next to your house... to save about 5 minutes worth of water out of the tap.
I guess I could go for something like that if it was under a deck. But if you care that much about free water, get a well or a pond or something.
Edit: that's kind of a nasty comment. Oh, well. I just hate rain barrels.

Fair enough -- did you miss the part where I said it wasn't my idea? smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Thomas View Post

yeah, my dad did that too, has a inside corner to his roof where he gets a lot of drainage so a good rain provides a few hundred gallons...which goes into his pool.
We have two that are reclaimed chemical barrels...but haven't put them into service.

To be honest, I don't know how much water it will get because I haven't looked to see what portion of the roof the downspout I attached it to serves -- it may not be all that much, since it is at a back corner (maybe 1/6 of the total roof area or less?). She plans to use the water for flower pots and such. I hope never to have to have anything to do with it, but something tells me that winterizing it will be added to my list of tasks ... angry.gif
post #99 of 2193
How about you put a siphon hose through your bathroom window and reuse your bath water? Make sure you use biodegradable soap though.
post #100 of 2193
Thread Starter 
I blew a grand on two Japanese maple trees this weekend.

Now I have to go pick them up and get them in the ground.

We also splurged on a pair of gorgeous glazed ceramic urn planters for our front entrance. They're really stunning and I'm in love with them but it's only recently (e.g. post-purchase) I've considered that I'll have to bring them indoors during wintertime for fear they'll crack.

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post #101 of 2193
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I blew a grand on two Japanese maple trees this weekend.
Now I have to go pick them up and get them in the ground.
We also splurged on a pair of gorgeous glazed ceramic urn planters for our front entrance. They're really stunning and I'm in love with them but it's only recently (e.g. post-purchase) I've considered that I'll have to bring them indoors during wintertime for fear they'll crack.
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I blew a grand replacing two diseased Japanese maples last year, lol..
post #102 of 2193
I just joined your little club yesterday, and I'm absolutely terrified. Having lived in apartments my entire life, I know absolutely nothing about home repairs. I did buy a ladder, though.
post #103 of 2193
Thread Starter 
congrats, gladhands. hope you come to, um, love it like we do.
post #104 of 2193
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I just joined your little club yesterday, and I'm absolutely terrified. Having lived in apartments my entire life, I know absolutely nothing about home repairs. I did buy a ladder, though.

Didn't you read this thread first? What were you thinking@?#$!K4jkilu

Congratulations in any case.

BTW: Douglas, if you don't already have a hand truck, now would be a good time to get a rather hefty one for your planters, plus a set of tie-down straps.
post #105 of 2193
Congrats on the house gladhands. What are some deets on it?
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