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New Sprig of Crabgrass

Crabgrass- I pray” Weeds please Be Gone”!  June 2009

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Yes, thinking back on my crabgrass problem in early spring of last year.  I was so disgusted last year when crabgrass had tried to take over my St Augustine lawn.   My husband even made comments on how bad our lawn looked as the crabgrass was taking over.  My husband mowed  the lawn along with all the shrub trimmings etc.  I am the picky one when it comes to caring for the lawn such as feeding,watering and weeding the flowerbed.  Flowerbeds I can handle the weeding and even maintaining a lush green lawn.  In the past years I must say,but now I had never had such a bad looking lawn until last year and this year.  This year I was determined to figure out what to do along with prayer.   I needed  a quick fix with this lawn.  I needed results fast and that is what I got. “No I am not a Salesman”, Just me a Christian mother that I am.   Yes, I always pray. That I had done.  To some that might sound quite silly as to pray about something so minor.   The truth is I was very disgusted over my lawn.  Every  morning  I give thanks for a new day,  my children, my family, my health and my husband having a job, specially now with our economy people loosing jobs, their homes.  That’s just some of my  prayers but I will stop for now.  Because Lord knows I can pray on and on.  I do talk to God and he  is #1 in my life.   Yes, and many other people do just the same everyday pray to for little things  just like me.   After I go to God in prayer and the battle is won,,,a done job ? The  battle against crabgrass.  Yes I thank him, after all he did create all living things on earth,  Right ?  I bet there are some disagreements on that topic with some people?  Hmmm, well I’ll get to the point.  I don’t mean to get off the main subject of crabgrass.   God, he loves our praises to him.  We must praise him with all our heart.

Sitting quietly while looking around at my lush green lawn.DSC07495

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In the late afternoon, I find such a  peace when opening my Bible reading scripture for the day.  With my bible in my lap, thumbing through my bible I often find myself giving  him “God” our heavenly Father the praise he so rightfully deserves.  Once again I praise him (thank him) in everything to the even this old wooden swing my husband built for us to sit in, under the old sycamore tree.  As I sit alone gazing up through the branches and leaves.  I look up to notice a beautiful red cardinal peaking through the leaves as he or she sits gracefully on a branch.  Oh, how beautiful, I say to myself.   As, I tune my ear to the sounds around me.  I can  hear the birds chirping a familiar tune.  Birds chirping all around me.  I’m sitting in my swing with the  green luscious grass all around me.

June 2009

MY BABY BIRDS

Baby Birds Just to my left, I look and I notice newly hatched, possibly a week old baby birds in a so neat round perfect shaped nest.  I can see, as I quietly peak in at 3 little ones.  I’m amazed to how small they are and oh how neat the  nest is, woven and tucked so neatly.  It’s every twig woven to the mothers perfect touch in this bird house my son built for me years ago.   I thank God for my eyes and for the chance to see Gods little living creatures, his creation in action.  Question of ” How wonderful the Mother cares for her young, so neatly,  with out all the worries it seems.  Yet so soon to leave the comfort zone of the next.  They soon like my children, to  fly away to be on their own.  Wow, shaking my head bringing myself out of a daze.   How beautiful.  All credit to God.  This scripture I read reflects just what I am feeling right now.  God created all living things?  Thank You Lord, for this time with you.  Amen

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Psalm 145 reads

David praises God for His fame

David’s Psalm of praise.

1 I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. 2 Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever. 3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. 4 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. 5 I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. 6 And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness. 7 They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. 8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. 9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
10 All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. 11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; 12 To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. 13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations. 14 The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. 15 The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. 16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. 17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. 18 The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. 19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. 20 The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy. 21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.Psalms 145:1-21 (KJV)

I am not a writer and have never claimed to be.  I am sure some out there will sure let me know to as how boring I am at trying to draw a picture with words.  But, Oh how blessed I am to have the lush green grass, birds singing and a bible in my hand.  The freedom of a sound mind and body.  that might not have the freedom to go outside.  To many lives are in a fast pace set time.  Never to sit and observe the little things.  Never to ever to thank our God for anything all day long.  “I know,  I been there, done that.   Sad, to look back and see the old me.  Just like so many that read this.  Lets Praise him for the little things.

crabgrass2This  picture to the right is overgrown Crabgrass  growing in thick rocky gravel.

Picture taken 9 25 09 It will grow anywhere.

FLORIDA LAWN CARE, How I Beat the Crabgrass weed?”

Now that  you know a little more about me.  And you might find yourself with  the same trouble in their Florida St Augustine Lawn.  I am so Happy with my lawn that I wanted to share my good news and help others.  This year I was able to beat the crabgrass crisis in my lawn.   Last year it had taken over 1/2 of my front yard and all my side yard, even after applying a St Augustine Weed N Feed.  It just kept creeping up in my lawn.  One day, while I was shopping for a product that would kill this terrible weed.  I talked to a few customers that were in the same aisle as I was, they to were  looking for a weed killer.   Most people who have St Augustine Lawns when I asked them a  question to what weeds they were fighting?  I wanted to know if anyone else ever had a problem with the crabgrass as I did.  Most of them said,  they had problems with the Dollar weed.   Not Me, my battle is with crabgrass, I would tell them.   Over the years I found out Dollar weeds hate Atrazine and the sooner I applied it to the lawn the better such as in the spring.  Weed N Feed applied in Late Feb and early March here in Florida. It would take care of the DW.  Different story with  the crabgrass that seemed to be immune to any kind of Weed N Feed.  CRABGRASS Big Problem.  This year I took a different approach to battle it using Scotts (Halts Brand) crabgrass Preventer.   Yes !! Yes!!  I dug up as much of the horable weed as I possibly could, all by hand  and with a shovel and Hoe.  After I got through, I had no grass at all and no Crabgrass either.   I made sure not to even see a small sprig of crabgrass.  No weed or grass was in my side yard.  I know that sounds bad, but that is just how bad the CG weed had taken over my whole side yard.  I worked all day digging up as much crabgrass as I possibly could.  It was a job.  I normally have nice nails but after all day working at digging up weeds.

I then applied the Scotts (Halts Brand) crabgrass Preventer, put this on my lawn in early March and by April no crabgrass in site.  Yes !  I was counting my blessings on finding Scotts Crabgrass Preventer.  The trick was to put it on your lawn early no matter what the temperature was.  On the Back of the Weed Killer/preventer it read.

“Prevents crabgrass all season-Long.” rain, freezing, snow, active ingredient( pendimethalin 1.71 %).  Do Not plant grass seed for 4 growing months or sprig for 5 months after use of this product.”

A Good Website on Crabgrass.   http://www.garden-counselor-lawn-care.com/crabgrass-pictures.html

I  also planted Argentina Bahia grass after  about a week.     “OOOps, Now I must say that was a stupid  mistake,  female yes I am, but not a blonde.  My thoughts at the time was. I could wait a couple of days with lots of watering then I could throw out the grass seed. I threw the grass seed out anyways in hopes it wouldn’t hurt anything even though I had read these instructions.  I planted Argentina Bahia Grass seed in all my bare spots.  I saw grass seed come up in no time but disappear so quickly.  I had killed all my newly planted grass.

Thankful Still,  That’s alright,,,I don’t have crabgrass today and I also don’t have any Argentina Bahia.  Today June 30th I have plenty of nice St Augustine Grass in my side yard where there was nothing but a few sprigs that I had left in the sand after all the digging up of the  weed.  Yes, I prayed and I thank God I now have that lush green grass under my feet.   We must Thank him always.  He loves our praise to him.  And most of all he deserves more praise than I or anyone else could ever give.