Friday, August 15, 2008

The Grass Is Greener Where?

Erma Bombeck(may she rest in peace) wrote a book titled The Grass Is Greener Over The Septic Tank. I always enjoyed listening to her household humor. The stories and jokes she told were funny, and most of the time struck a chord of familiarity with me.

But when I was typing an email to LisaJ this morning, it dawned on me that Erma's statement is really true. Now I don't have a septic tank, but I have a sewer line that runs from my house to the main near the street in front of my house.

During the dog days of August in our area our lawns get really brown. Unless you water that is, and I can't afford to water my grass, so mine is as brown as can be. Brown everywhere that is, except in my front yard where there is a leak in the sewer line. It's not a big leak, thank goodness--but big enough to be noticable. It's about 6 or 8 feet out from the house, and is about a foot to a foot and a half across.

That isn't really large in the grand scheme of things I know, but I'm not going to get the mower out to cut that small an area, and I don't own a weed eater, so the grass in that one spot gets pretty tall. It really looks funny. I should have taken a picture of it and put it with this post.

We are supposed to get some rain today. Maybe my green spot will have some company.

How is your grass fairing this August? Do you water or let it die back? Do you consider dead grass the one bright spot in the summer because for a few weeks you don't have to mow? Tell me your grass stories.

Have a wonderful Friday. Love one another.


tipper said...

We need rain bad!! Our yard is just beginning to turn brown. But we don't water it. We worry more about the garden than the lawn. We try to water the garden some-but we have to watch the level of water we have as well as the expense. Hope you get some rain!!

Peggy said...

How funny! Our first house was on a septic tank, and even when our grass was green, you could still see the grass on the lateral lines was higher and greener.

We've had a lot of rain in NW Arkansas this year. There's been a constant rumble this afternoon, but it's only managed a light sprinkle.

At least our triple digit temps ended a week or so ago.

Lisa J said...

I liked Erma Bombeck as well. We don't water our yard for the very same reason...water is expensive. We used to have a water well when we lived in Enid and could water all we wanted. The water was cold, cold cold and tasted good right from the hose. We even had it fixed that when we watered the yard the water would first run through pipes in the house flooring and would cool the house or at least the tiles. Ok, but not now. So now we have a brown yard, (remember we have three acres) the leaves are turning brown and falling from the trees a if it were autum. But in all of this yucky stuff, we have at least cooled as well. And that I can handle!

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