It’s Time to Buy a Snow Blower.

The winter of 2011/2012 has so far been relatively calm and snow free. Compared to last year, it has been awesome but let’s be real here… we are less than two weeks in to the official winter season. I am expecting to get seriously dumped on this year just like we have for the last two. Because of the last two seasons, the fact that I am getting older, my driveway is 90 x 16 in size, I have decided to buy a snow blower.

After spending some time looking around and researching models I have narrowed my search to 2. A Toro, and a Sears Craftsman. I have to say that while I love the Toro brand, I am leaning to the Sears model. Both are 2 Stage models. The Toro has more horsepower than the Sears, it costs about 400 bucks more.

Then there is the other factor. One that I hadn’t counted on, but one that has effected me none the less. I like the Sears brand. I like what Sears stands for, and the fact that they have been around for so long. So when I heard they were going to close up to 100 stores in 2012, I decided that I would probably buy from them. I want to help keep the brand alive. I know it’s probably not the best reason to purchase from them, but there is something about buying from the Chicago based retailer that I like.

By the way, since I am buying a snow blower, the winter season will probably be fairly light this year. Consider this my gift to you.

Give Me a Home Where the Buffalo Could Roam.

My lawn is a disaster. I’m the first to admit it. In the year and a half that we have lived here, the lawn is slowly being taken over by Bermuda grass which is encroaching front he field to the South. The Bermuda grass is drought resistant, and high sun exposure tolerant which is fine. The problem is that it looks like hell after winter, takes forever to green up, spreads like a weed, and chokes out all the other grass in the lawn.

All those brown patches are Bermuda Grass that died off this winter. It looks awful, and it's time to get serious with the lawn.

Slowly we have been planning landscaping for the house that will begin later this month and run all summer long. One of the things that I am going to try to do this year is get the lawn under control, or at least back to some level looking good. One of the things that I have been looking into is using native grasses that are indigenous to the area, and have evolved here over thousands of years to become a hardy weather tolerant grass that looks good. My current pick, and the one I will probably go with is “Buffalo Grass”. To be more specific, “Cody Buffalo Grass”.

Cody Buffalo Grass test field at the University of Nebraska. If my lawn looks half this good I'll be in yard heaven.

The reasons for doing this is pretty simple. Buffalo grass require less water, it is a native grass so it has positive environmental impacts, it is weed and pest resistant so it require little fertilizer, herbicide and pesticide, and it looks pretty damn good for what was a grazing grass that grew wild on the prairie for ions.

Cody Buffalo Grass is a short height grass with low growth habit, which means longer periods between mowing, or no mowing at all. (Plus and double plus) It forms a dense blue-green turf, keeping weed competition low. This allows for a chemical free, low maintenance lawn.Cody Buffalo Grass  has successful growth from Arizona to North Dakota and has been bred for dense first year cover, winter hardiness, heat tolerance, and drought resistance. Cody Buffalo Grass is hardy  and excels at rapid lawn establishment making it useful in high traffic common areas, and residential lawns.Because of this, it has caught on with golf courses and is now being used extensively in landscapes as a low maintenance lawn, which suits me just fine.

Close up of Cody Buffalo Grass in a lawn application.

This hybrid Buffalo Grass was developed by the Native Turf Group in cooperation with the University of Nebraska. Because of this Cody has established itself as a premier warm-season turfgrass. Faster establishment, higher density, lower growth rate, excellent winter hardiness, low water requirement, darker color, fine texture make Cody Buffalo Grass my choice for a better lawn. I just hope to hell it works.