I Hate Gardening

When we were still house hunting, one of the main things I looked out for was the front and back lawns. A lot of Australians, I bet, would prefer lawns they could turn into beautiful gardens. Not me though. If I had my way, I’d have the whole lawn paved. I’d rather be doing something else than spend my time mowing the lawn, trimming the hedges, watering the plants and raking the green waste.

I thought the house we bought didn’t have a big grassy lawn to begin with but it still took me a good while just to mow the stupid area this past weekend. I spent most of my weekend mowing not only the grass in the backyard but also the front lawn.

After returning from New Zealand, the grass and the weeds have grown pretty high making the job of mowing the grass more difficult than it really should. That’s my guess, at least. So while I was trying to cut away the weeds with the mow, Raquel was busy digging them up from the places where I couldn’t just mow them down.

We also realised that we didn’t have much gardening tools so we rushed off to our new favourite store: Bunnings Warehouse and bought a manual lawn mower, an electric line trimmer, a hedge trimmer, two weed-removal tools, gloves, earmuffs, goggles, weed killer spray, a small spade and big spade, a rake and a hand shovel. What a cash drain this gardening thing turned out to be.

With the proper tools and after all the work, at least the yard was now presentable again. I just wish I could avoid doing all the work all over again in a week or two. I’m seriously considering paying for somebody to just pave the whole back yard or fill it with pretty gravel or something.

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Published in: on January 10, 2006 at 10:08 pm  Comments (3)  

3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. hi geejay and raquel, stumbled across your site when i searched for pinoy blogs here in oz. you two have such an informative site, and i wanted to say thanks! nakikibasa ako eh…hehe 🙂 (oops, off-topic, sorry about that)
    oh, and good luck with the garden, i’m sure you’ll appreciate having one all in good time.

  2. aw come on! pave the backyard? are you nuts? 😮

  3. buy some weed killers to kill the weeds. now if the weeds are spread out in the lawn do not use weed killer. otherwise you will end up with a patchy lawn. i use a product called “weed n feed”. it kills only weeds, not grass. so the grass stays green at the same time slowly killing the weeds.

    the secret to enjoying gardening is not to think of it as a chore. think of it as timeout to be one with nature. a way of enjoying nature, feeling the sun, smelling the breeze, hearing the birds, etc. parang pagsampay din ng damit. when i was in the states, we have no clothesline. lahat dryer ang gamit. when we came to nz, i hated doing sampay. but then eventually, i learned to appreciate the task because it provided me the opportunity to go out in the sun. now we have a dryer, but still prefer the drying using the sun.

    plant some flowers or veggies. kapag nagbulaklak na o nagbunga na, it’s a different feeling and you’ll know what i mean.


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