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Monday, June 11, 2007

False Economy

The management company for our new building decided to use grass seed instead of sod (pre-grown grass, for those of you not familiar with it). I wish I could say that this is unusual, but this seems to be the German style of landscape ... it works well if all parties cooperate. Needless to say, if you can get the tenants to water the grass, that is only half the battle. The next problem is keeping the pigeons from eating the seed. In the end, you end up with patches of dirt punctuated with weeds and the occasional blade of grass. Depressing.

6 Comments:

Blogger Haddock said...

Turf (or Rollrasen as the Germans call it) is not that common in Germany. We had a tough time finding it. After I had laid it it almost became tourist attraction with many people turning up to gaze at the fertig grass :)

7:47 PM, June 11, 2007  
Anonymous Maribeth said...

I am rolling on the floor laughing! Thanks for this post. It brightened my day.

3:57 PM, June 12, 2007  
Blogger christina said...

Well isn't that attractive. And so typically German - something that could have been accomplished with a minimum of fuss (=Rollrasen) is made so complicated that it never gets finished.

2:21 PM, June 13, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah but Rollrasen is so damned expensive...

6:55 AM, June 14, 2007  
Blogger PapaScott said...

We could use some new grass, but our problem is not the pests from the sky but rather the pests from underground... the moles and gophers. I doubt if sod could fix that. We're considering either dynamite or concrete.

8:56 PM, June 14, 2007  
Blogger Claire said...

That is very strange. We have a patch in the front of our house that we call "the lawn." It is not that big, so we planted some grass. We put down the grass seed an made sure that it was watered every day - poof grass.

12:46 PM, July 16, 2007  

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