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Re: First snake of the season

Plant creeping thyme instead of grass?

On 5/5/08, Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CG/SCSRT <
cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil> wrote:
> We've been seeing newspaper articles about the rattlesnakes, and a local
> email group I subscribe to has been talking about the many snakes out
> now, but I saw our first one only yesterday. I went to swing open the
> drive gate while husband drove the truck out and there was a HUGE gopher
> snake preparing to slither across the drive, only a little ways from my
> feet. Had to be over 3 feet long for sure. I leaped, of course, but said
> very calmly "Snake, don't run over it".  So husband got out of the
> truck, checked him out to make sure it was really a gopher snake, and
> grabbed it to relocate under the hay container. That man has nerves of
> steel.
> I got my peppers planted, 31 chile peppers  and 35 sweet peppers. The
> chiles are mostly poblano and Anaheim with a couple jalapeno and a
> couple habanero. I've not grown habanero before so this will be
> interesting. The sweet peppers are half red, yellow, and orange bells
> and half the red Marconi or Corno di Toro type. I'm glad I put them
> under row cover since the wind came up in a big way Sunday afternoon and
> was still blowing hard this morning. This year it would be easier to
> just mention when there is NOT strong wind, it's been so incessant.
> I uncovered the peas but I couldn't find the rabbit fencing stuff I used
> last year, and husband didn't have time to run the hot wire, so
> hopefully the rabbits can't eat too much between now and Tuesday evening
> when we can fix it.
> Got the back lawn mowed too, it's been a while.  Poor lawn, it's seen
> better days. Between the gophers, the dogs digging after the gophers,
> and our haphazard sprinkler maintenance it is pretty shabby. I am not
> sure if it makes sense to keep it a lawn anyway - the sycamore tree
> roots are so big now that the surface is terribly uneven.   But I don't
> have any better ideas either.
> Cyndi
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Kemp TX
zone 8A

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