Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours


I received a friendly nastygram from the city saying that I may have too many weeds in my front yard. Had it been a nasty nastygram, there would be talk about code violations and fines. This was just a friendly reminder that I am responsible for the area between the sidewalk and the street. I guess I can't complain too much. There are people with houses that have streets on both sides of their property. They're responsible for the same sidewalk-to-curb area even if it's at the rear of their property which is only accessible by driving all the way around the block.

I don't pay too much attention to the front of the house because I don't spend any time out there. Sure, it's the gateway to my house, but I just don't give a damn. That's why I want to wall off a good portion of the front property so I can turn it into usable patio space. That's Phase II of my landscaping project. Anyway...the nastygram gave me the inspiration to take care of an ongoing problem. I have a lot of what I call "goatheads" growing right along the sidewalk. They're not true goatheads, but rather a grass that puts out nasty split-pea-sized seeds that stick into your shoes, socks, pants, etc. They are then transported inside where they embed in the carpet where they get stepped on with bare feet which causes much pain and cursing. True goatheads are found on a vine which spread on the ground and produce marble-sized caltrops (look it up) which are the bane of bicycle riders who have dubbed the plant "puncture vine." So I spent a few hours in the sun digging up all of the goathead grass which I should have done long ago. Last year I just took a torch to the plants which was highly ineffective against green vegetation. Perhaps the city knew what they were talking about. I pretty much filled the entire garbage can with the nasty plants.

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