Studio 804 Modular 4

The Best Conversation About My House Yet.

I just had this conversation I just had out front while walking the dogs.

Woman in her car to me out of her open window, “This street is a dead-end.”
Me, “Yeah, there is a “No Outlet” sign at the end of the block.”
Woman, “That doesn’t mean dead-end.”
Me, “Actually it kind of does. No Outlet means, well, No Outlet.”
Woman, “Is your house solar-powered?” (I think this was her lead in to start a conversation)
Me, “No, the solar-powered Studio 804 house is on Springfield.”
Woman, “Hey can you give me 20 dollars? By the look of your house, you look like you have money.”
Me, “What?”
Woman, “Can I have 20 dollars?”
Me, “Lady I don’t know what you are thinking, but how do you know I don’t need 20 dollars? What do you need 20 bucks for?”
Woman, “I just need it”
Me, “Sorry I’m not just giving you 20 bucks, and no just because my house looks different then the other homes around here doesn’t mean I’m rich.”
Woman, “F-You”
Me, “Well now you really aren’t going to get 20 dollars from me.”
Woman, “What?”
Me, “If I had money on me, and you really needed it, and were desperate, I probably would have given it to you. But I don’t have money on me, you don’t seem to have an actual need, other than thinking I am rich, and you just said F-you to me, so yeah you aren’t getting anything.”
Woman, “F-you, F your house, F your dogs, and F your money.”

and she drives off.

Why is that the first heat wave of the year brings out all the crazy people?

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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.