Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Grass Is Greener...With Pics!

As promised, I went out this afternoon and took some pictures of the grass we had put in over the weekend.

Here's the grass.

Isn't it great!? I know, the width is pretty tiny, but it runs the whole length of our house, so it's actually a pretty good amount. At least puppy will have some place to run around and poop. I want to make sure I point out that this little patch of grass is not going to be the only place my puppy exercises. It's mostly just a place for him when it's too early or late to go for a walk or to the park.

In that pic you can also see the very edge of the non-dog-friendly concrete that runs throughout the whole backyard. Remember to think of that stuff when buying a house, people!

Here's the problems we found along the way. First off. there's a big dip in the group where the gate in the fence is supposed to be able to open up.

We need to figure out a way to block that hole that still lets the gardeners get in to mow it. I'm thinking of just shoving a bunch of woodchips under there, and making sure to check it periodically to see when it gets low.

Second, there's the fence that is rotting because of years of overwatering by our lovely neighbor.

I don't even know what to do about that one. Can I just renail the base board there? Do I have to put up a whole new section of fence? Who is responsible for those repairs? Me? My neighbor? Our HOA? I so don't know to deal with this right now...

...but the grass looks great!


Spectater said...

aren't you gonna do one of those electric fences that shocks the sh*t outta yer dog if he goes outside the fence?

seriously though, the grass looks great. do corgis dig a lot? if not, i would think woodchips would be fine.

JuLo said...

Hells no! Although I've heard if you introduce your dog to the fence the right way, it's not so bad. I'd still never do it though. If I can't be responsible enough to upkeep a fence, then I shouldn't have a dog.

Corgis aren't known for digging, but they are dogs, so there's always a chance I'll get a digger. I plan on checking on that area very often. If puppy digs the woodchips, I'll have to figure something out from there. I'm also hoping plugging the hole will help keep rattlesnakes out. Eek! I never had to worry before because they don't like woodchips or cement. But they love grass, so I'll have to be careful.

I'm optimistic though. If I make sure to keep puppy entertained while s/he's outside, s/he shouldn't feel the need to dig around.