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15 June 2006 @ 03:46 pm
I hate mowing lawns, and not just for the sneezing fits. Kyna promised to take care of mowing the lawn after we moved in together, but for various (valid) reasons, this hasn't been happening. The back yard tends to get several feet tall before I attack it, using an electrical weedwhacker as a 20th-century scythe.

I'm willing to pay somebody to keep the lawn - especially the back lawn - under control. Does anybody have recommendations - people/companies they have used, or heard of?

If not, my next step in exploiting the lazyweb will be to repost this to the Seattle LJ community.

Eventually, I want to replace the lawn with ... something. Shade-providing trees, decorative low-maintenance bushes, extensions to the house (a real dining room!), BBQ pit for roasting large animals and neighborhood children, berry-producing bushes, Japanese bath house - so many options, after I reach a goal I have given myself on the mortgage. Grassy lawn just seems to be just about the Worst Possible Option for a chunk of back yard.

OK, second worst. The "slab of concrete" look is not an improvement.
Her Holiness the Rev. Holly Z, KSCsharkcowsheep on June 15th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
A bathhouse out there would be AWESOME. I've seen photos of some awesome little ones, basically a hut with room for a showerhead and a soaking tub, sometimes a sauna room.

As for the yard? Eh. Rip up the grass, section off a few parts for ornamental grass or flowers or small trees or whatever, cover the rest with lava rock. Never mow again.
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on June 15th, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
Sounds great. Not going to happen this weekend, and probably won't happen this summer...
Her Holiness the Rev. Holly Z, KSCsharkcowsheep on June 16th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
If you need help digging when it does, let me know. I like to dig. :)
leigh: gaspkielrain on June 15th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC)
bath house? bath house? I moving in!
Fireball of 3: VG Cats ooOOOOOOoooo!!!fireballof3 on June 15th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
Take me with you!
leighkielrain on June 15th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)
I know! You could mow the lawn!
Fireball of 3: VG Cats fireballof3 on June 15th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC)

How about I help build the bath house instead?
Mahh p'tchaaprincessgeek on June 16th, 2006 03:44 am (UTC)
I don't mind mowing lawns, but I'm out that way rarely. As I recall, yours isn't THAT huge, you could probably get a neighbor kid to do yours, too. When you see one of them out mowing, just walk over and offer them $20 to do yours. Otherwise you could call chemlawn or something, I'm sure they have a monthly fee thinger.
Stupendous Manfarmalloc on June 16th, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
Our lawn has two large planter boxes in the middle of the lawn. They are raised up for better drainage and also better heating of the soil. In there I planted all kinds of vegies and stuff. The result is I only have a thin strip of grass around the planters to mow. Think pea patch here.
GryMorgrymor on June 16th, 2006 11:29 am (UTC)
Shade trees are good. Though it's not low maintenance, a proper english garden is also nice (gravel walkways around raised, wood baricaded, planters.
Bath house is keen, or for that matter, a zen garden, though it's not actually much of a garden, it beats the tar out of a concrete slab or grass.
Wolfladypuppygrrl on June 16th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
I'm replacing my lawn this fall. I found some stuff called Fragrant Herbal at http://www.protimelawnseed.com/ it only grows about 6 inches tall, is made up of dwarf grasses, doesn't need watering, and only needs to be mowed every 4-6 weeks (if you like it shorter than 6 inches). It doesn't seem to have much in the way of flowers in it either (unlike many dwarf mixes).
Sordidatussordidatus on June 16th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
Operation: BACK YARD
The Japanese bathhouse sounds like a great idea.
Have you concidered a fencing strip and an archery range?
A tea house next to the bath house might be a good thing as well.
A deck with a BBQ area is also a good idea.
I also like the idea of trees and fruit bushes.
Have you thought of a small vineyard with gravel?
With fuel prices the way they are; have you thought about a small food garden?
Or maybe even a Zen rock garden?
The last thing this world needs is another slab of concreate.
But I am with you on the hatred of lawn mowing.