You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers! Well on the same note, rainy days make this month a great time to perk up your lawn by laying sod, if need be. Think of it as a new Spring wardrobe for your soil! I thought I'd give you a few tips before you do the dirty work.
- Prep your soil for primping. "Tweeze" the grounds of weeds, sticks, and stones. Apply some fertilizer. Rake the area and make it even.
- Think of sod like a bouquet of fresh flowers. It can die in the heat overnight, so keep it rolled until you're ready to lay it, and lay it as soon as possible.
I just spotted these grass tiles in the portfolio of UK photographer James Merrell, and I'm absolutely charmed. I have no clue who makes them; I did a quick Google but no such luck. I think they'd be really fun in a small space like a bathroom or a closet, but in a large room the trompe-l'œil effect could be overwhelming. It also might be intriguing to use them in only part of large room, like an area rug. Regardless, I'm swooning over here. The possibilities are endless. Let me know if you have any idea who makes these.
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Hello sunshine, and goodbye apartment – North and I will be taking plenty of outdoor adventures as the weather's looking up for the weekend! Although my pup usually trots along happily beside me – except when greeting any and all passersby – there are times when he lays on the grass and tries to take a nibble.
Always up for a little education, I consulted my pals at PetMD to see what's up with his impromptu sidewalk salads. Since dogs are omnivores, they like a bit of the grassy stuff and can even use the blades of grass to soothe upset stomachs and add nutrients to diets. While most experts say this is OK, sometimes pups who eat a little too much . . . throw it back up afterward. In addition to adding veggies to your pets' diet to increase "good" roughage, see one more idea to up the greens when you read more
I just returned from a little midday break in the park nearby, where I basked in the sun and gave my eyes a well-deserved break by staring at some gorgeous greenery. Back in my quiet, sterile office, I've still got turf on my mind so I decided to round up home décor items with a grass motif. Soon when it's Winter, the real stuff will all wither and hide under layers of leaves and snow. We might as well all enjoy it figuratively in our homes, even if the grass is always greener outside.
To see my home finds that will have you ready for a day in the park, read more
Barefoot and fancy free? Think again. Dermatologist Judith Hellman explained recently to the New York Times about the dangers lurking in the grass. Check out these reasons for you to keep your flip-flops on when out at the park lounging on the lawn.
- Sharp blades of grass can cut the soles of your feet, creating an entryway for germs and bacteria.
- Plantar warts and athlete's foot can live on grass so you can pick them up at the park, not just the pool.
- Hookworm larvae can live in animal feces (read dog poo) and can cause an infection.
- The soil-based bacterium, Nocardia, can cause an infection, which can lead to lumps, abscesses, and ulcerations.
- Stepping on rusty metal, like nails, can cause tetanus – when was the last time you had your tetanus shot?
Think twice before going barefoot and fancy free.
You might think a lawn a la Mother Nature is more ecologically friendly than a plastic patch of grass. After all, it’s natural and biodegradable — so of course it’s greener (on both sides of the fence). But even that may now be debatable.
Turn the sprinkler on these numbers: the average American lawn takes about 21,600 gallons of H20 to maintain every year. This water drain especially sucks in arid regions (Arizona, New Mexico and Texas) where sod and the necessary water just disappear into the sand beneath.
Another eco-bruise is gas-powered mowers. A 2001 study by Stockholm University revealed that one hour of mowing has the same smog output of driving 93 miles. (!!!) Most lawn mowers don't have a catalytic converter, which would reduce their smog output by 20 percent.
But real lawns aren’t all bad news. According to a 2005 NASA survey, the United States has roughly 40 million acres of manicured lawns, which act as huge carbon sponges soaking up about 13.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide each year. (Though the study’s authors also speculate that figure is negated by the effort to maintain them.)
Think the eco-answer is just not using your lawn mower? Not unless you want to see jail time. In Canton, OH residents might face a fine of up to $250 and up to 30 days in prison if they let their lawns grow eight inches or higher. The reason for the crackdown? The city is trying to create stricter enforcement — with the climbing number of foreclosures, empty lots are decreasing neighboring property values.
Is keeping your lawn they way you'd like (short, long, or fake) none of the neighbor's business? Have you changed your grassy ways?
Why have sex inside in a bed when you can do it outside? Some people are really into outdoor sex. Whether it's the beauty of nature that inspires them, or the excitement of doing something "naughty," it's quite a rush to make love in a grassy field with a fresh breeze blowing, or under a night sky filled with speckles of stars. It makes you feel alive and free-spirited, and it can be very arousing.
So what about you? Are you into having sex outside? Do you have any fabulous (or embarrassing) outdoor sexual experiences you'd like to share? If so, we'd love to hear about them!