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RE: Turf war?

I wonder if it is your position when using tools or that you are using some
muscles that you don't get at in your exercise or yoga practice.  My yoga
instructor often includes some different stretches and/or positions when
indicate a particularly sore area.  

> [Original Message]
> From: Bonnie & Bill Morgan <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 5/1/2006 5:47:12 AM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] Turf war?
> Let me know when you get that book done! LOL!!!  You can tell this 55 year
> old needs it!
> Blessings,
> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5) 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Of Taborri
> Sent: Monday, May 01, 2006 12:32 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Turf war?
> I've been questioning gardening soreness for several years.  I'm 49 years
> old, and a runner, 4+ miles per day.  I can do Yoga, even sporadically.  I
> can do anything and not end up sore.  Except garden.  I get unbelievably
> sore from gardening and yard work.  I have been waiting for the right time
> and expertise to write a book of the right kind of exercises to get and
> gardeners in shape.  :> Sue
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Bonnie & Bill Morgan
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Sent: Sunday, April 30, 2006 17:58
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] Turf war?
> They neglect, in the article, to mention the benefits of doing such things
> yourself, such as exercise, family chore times together, fresh air.... 
> bad, too.
> Blessings,
> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Of Bonnie Holmes
> Sent: Sunday, April 30, 2006 5:26 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: [CHAT] Turf war?
> Thought you might find this interesting...perhaps articles like these
> encourage people to think that "gardening" is a waste of time and that a
> "service" gives them more free time.
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> Turf War
> What's the Most Cost-Effective Way
> To Mend the Cullens' Heat-Ravaged Lawn?
> April 27, 2006
> Last summer's heat wave scorched most of the grass on our lawn, and Gerry
> disgusted after spending most of the year weeding, watering and tending
> grass -- finally gave up, not even bothering to fertilize last fall.
> left to feed?" he asked.
> As spring approached, we realized we'd made a big mistake: Our front lawn
> now resembles a vacant lot, overrun with weeds of all shapes and sizes,
> the small patches of grass that did recover now under siege.
> The lawn looks so terrible we should probably just go ahead and put one of
> our old cars up on cement blocks as a finishing touch. And our defeat has
> left us wondering whether paying for a lawn-care service makes more sense
> than continuing to do it ourselves.
> Then there are those who wonder why we bother in the first place.
> Gerry's Irish-born dad -- who sold us his home five years ago -- doesn't
> understand Americans' obsession with having lawns worthy of the Masters
> tournament. He wonders why Gerry and I waste time and money trying to grow
> one. My father-in-law can still recall the day his brother Eamon visited
> from Ireland for the first time. Looking at the lawn, overrun as usual
> dandelions, violets and other flowering weeds, Eamon said:
> "Look at all the beautiful flowers!" Over the years Gerry's dad bought a
> lawnmower just to keep the weeds at bay, but he never spent a dime on lawn
> care. After all, he'd say, it's all green.
> We felt differently: Shortly after we moved in, my husband set to work
> helping the grass recover from decades of neglect. He spent countless
> seeding, fertilizing, weeding and liming, and was richly rewarded.
> By the second year, we had a strong green lawn.
> Which makes this year's disaster so disheartening. After hour upon hour of
> toiling to keep up our beautiful green lawn, all it took was one
> unseasonably hot summer to ruin everything. With all the talk of climate
> change -- and our own observations of the shifts in weather patterns in
> region -- Gerry wonders whether last year's freakishly warm, dry spell is
> sign of things to come. Should he spend another year laboring over the
> only to have it burn to a crisp again? I sensed that he's beginning to
> concede that his father may have a point: Why fight nature?
> But I'm not willing to lay down arms. I'm the one who has to stand at the
> school bus stop -- conveniently located right on the corner of our
> -- with the neighborhood kids' parents. I'm sure they don't appreciate the
> eyesore our lawn has become. And weeds beget more weeds, which may migrate
> to their lawns.
> I also feel we have a responsibility to tend to our property. I grew up in
> an apartment in Jersey City, where grass was something that grew only in
> parks. Lush green lawns were found in the suburbs, where people like my
> and uncle lived. On long summer visits, I'd watch my Uncle Al meticulously
> care for his lawn and my cousins mow the grass as part of their chores. I
> admired Al's hard work, and his house's thriving lawn.
> Today, I view well-tended lawns as a sign that people take pride in their
> homes.
> Lately we've been receiving offers in the mail from lawn-care companies.
> After reading through some of the marketing material, I asked Gerry
> it would make sense for us to hire someone this year instead of taking on
> the task ourselves.
> One of the lowest offers we received was from a local lawn-care service.
> Their free evaluation was ugly: dandelions, crab grass, white clover,
> mouse-ear chickweed, onion grass  we've got it all. After an initial
> of $148, we would pay an additional $51 a treatment (including seeding,
> fertilizing and pest control) for seven treatments over the course of a
> year, for a total of $505.
> "Too expensive," said Gerry, shaking his head.
> But is it really?
> In early March I went to Lowe's with Gerry's lawn-care shopping list:
> three bags of fertilizer, three bags of heat-resistant grass seed, a new
> spreader to replace our broken one, and a gallon of spot weed killer.
> Total cost: $303.50. The fertilizer alone came to $128. (Granted, we use a
> premium brand.)
> When I got home I showed Gerry my receipt and asked how he could claim a
> lawn-care service is more expensive than doing it ourselves when I had
> dropped around $300 for the equivalent of two lawn treatments -- and could
> estimate that our future lawn-care efforts would cost us around $250 more,
> bringing the total north of $550.
> Gerry was floored -- and only then did it occur to me that our division of
> household labor had skewed his understanding of what things cost. For
> it's been my job to buy our lawn-care products, and Gerry's job to take
> of the lawn. Because of our "yours, mine and ours"
> approach1 to finances, Gerry had no idea what I was spending on those
> products.
> Last week, the lawn-care service representative called back with a
> offer: We'd be charged $368 for the first year if we signed up within the
> next 30 days, with the cost increasing to the regular price next year.
> we'd already spent $303.50, that would boost our overall cost this year to
> about $672. I asked if we could pay for just the five remaining treatments
> this year, but the representative said the service wouldn't do that,
> it would invalidate its guarantee. If we chose to stick with doing it
> ourselves this year, our total outlay would be in the neighborhood of $550
> for all four treatments -- about $50 cheaper than the service's initial
> offer.
> But in addition to our cash outlay, there's the value of Gerry's time to
> consider. An hour a weekend spent weeding, seeding and fertilizing is one
> less hour Gerry has to play catch with our son Gerald, who's excited that
> his baseball league starts play this month.
> After running through the numbers, Gerry agreed it might make financial
> sense for us to pay for a service, and he admitted there are plenty of
> things he'd like to do with his time. Still, he couldn't see paying extra
> for seven treatments when we'd already paid for the first two. So we
> a deal: This year he's going to handle lawn care on his own, but if the
> doesn't recover, next year we'll consider going with a service.
> How valuable is your time? Does it pay to hire a service to handle routine
> tasks such as errand-running, lawn care or house cleaning, even though it
> costs less to do it yourself? Write to me at
> fiscallyfit@wsj.com2
> Bonnie Zone 7/7 ETN
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