Every spring I sit and wait for the snow to melt so I can see what condition my yard is in. Are there voles this year? Do we have a lot of snow mold? How bad did the plows destroy my grass? Once I see the condition I get excited and I start dethatching. Dethatching is so addicting!

I really thrive off of seeing immediate results. So now that the yard is cleaned up, I wait and wait for the first mow. As I’m waiting, I spend time wandering around the yard and before I know it I am horrified at all of the weeds growing. Last year I battled clover for the first time.  It won, I lost. I caved and pulled up the grass and laid new sod (in a section of my yard). We also had dandelions like crazy and all these other weeds that I’ve never seen before. It was a serious jungle! I’m really hoping that this year I have better results, but so far it doesn’t look very promising.

I ask myself, what am I doing wrong? Well, let me tell you what I’m doing wrong. I recently learned that by switching lawn fertilizer companies every year I’m actually doing nothing for my yard and just throwing money out the window. Apparently all lawn care companies use different mixes. A yard needs to get used to the new food and by changing it up every year the grass gets confused and doesn’t fight off the weeds as well as it could. So, I will definitely be using the same mix this year and I hope my yard is better than last year. I love learning new things! And… if it’s still a jungle this summer, look out weeds I’m gonna get you!