The Right Way to Remove Weeds

So, I mentioned before that the weeds in the corner of my back yard are just so darn stubborn and won’t go away. I did a little bit of research an this is what I’ve learned about weed removal.

I’ve been pulling the weeds up out of the ground. I’ve always been told to make sure I get the roots out; that’s why I pull the weeds. Well, just pulling the weeds out might not be enough. Apparently some weeds have a really long or a large cluster or roots. If I just pull them up I might break them and leave a bunch of the roots behind. This will cause them to grow back. To make sure I get all of the roots out a good solution is to use a spade and dig the entire root base out of the ground.

I guess I’ve been doing it wrong all these years. I had no idea at all. I now have a project for the rest of the weekend. Hopefully I manage to get all of the roots out and I’ll have a weed free backyard in no time.

Need a new instruction manual

Jason was really psyched when the new rocktron all access arrived, but he was really angry when Stephie’s dog chewed up the instruction manual that came with it. I don’t know how many times I’ve warned them not to leave papers lying around on the floor! Maybe now they’ll start to pay closer attention to my warnings and pick up after themselves a little bit better. In the meantime, I’ve gone online and found a replacement instruction manual that we could print off online. Thank goodness for the Internet – it has saved the day again!

Mini keyboard

When Christie brought home the new m audio oxygen 25 I was really surprised how small the keyboard was. I didn’t expect that she would be very happy with the device at all. But within minutes of plugging the USB keyboard into her computer, she was playing music with a big, silly grin on her face, and I was happy that she was happy. I didn’t dare ask her how much money she paid for it – I didn’t want to ruin the moment!

The modern day musicians

I find it amazing how today’s music can be made with machines with funny names like kaossilator and not have to play any traditional instruments like a guitar, drum, or keyboard at all. I have mixed emotions about the use of machines like that. I find the technology amazing and fascinating, but I also feel sad for all of the people in the world who are taking band in school that will never actually end up using their instruments once they get out of school.

Paving Stones with Pizazz

I was going through a magazine as I sat in the doctor’s office this morning. I saw the most beautiful patios with gorgeous paving stone. The colors and designs were amazing. I think my favorite photo of the bunch was one showing a terracotta colored stone in an intricate star pattern. Each stone interlocked perfectly to form a seven pointed star or almost a flower design. It was rimmed with a contrasting deep chocolate color that gave the whole design a richness and made it look very expensive.

I’d love to have a patio like that at my house. I wonder how hard it would be to install patio pavers by myself. I bet I could save a bunch of money if I cut out the cost of labor and just paid for the materials. However, I’m not an expert at this kind of design, so I would probably be better off hiring a professional company to come out and do it for me. Then I would get to enjoy it all and not hurt myself in the process from lugging the stones around.

I wouldn’t stop with just paving my patio though. I would also have my driveway paved in a beautiful matching stone. I might as well go all out and have the whole front redone if I’m going to do it. I bet I could get that large star flower done on the patio and then maybe smaller versions of it as you drive up the driveway. Or, maybe doing just the opposite design would look better. I’d have to see a mock up or digital rendering of what the entire project would look like before I committed either way. I’m sure some companies provide a service like to help their customers visualize their dreams.