My Midsummer Night’s Dream
With the very top of summer sliding past,
I often wonder, what’s up with my grass?
It’s brown, it crackles,
It raises my hackles,
And I despair
That it is beyond repair.
It would be a midsummer night’s dream,
For my grass to appear a lush green,
Just in time for my soiree
Where we will play a lively round of croquet.
So dearest Titania, send me a fairy
“Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire. . . .
Swifter than the moon’s sphere . . .
To dew [my herbs] upon the green”
And thus fulfill my midsummer night’s dream.
Midsummer Watering Tips
All rhyming aside, (and due to lack of Shakespearian fairies) here are some tips to keep your yard looking lush and green through the rest of the summer:
- Interval watering – do you have stubborn brown spots popping up on your lawn? Rather than adding more water, try interval watering. Water each zone for 10-15 minutes, and then repeat 2 more times. This allows the water to soak into the soil without running off into the neighbor’s yard or down the drain. Do this 2-3 times per week (or as needed).
- Raise you lawn mower height. A slight raise in the length of your lawn protects the roots from the blaring summer sun and keeps your lawn looking healthier.
- Sharpen your lawn mower blades. This cuts the grass rather than tearing it and protects your lawn from disease.
- Keep those weeds down. Unwanted weeds compete with your existing landscaping for much needed water. Eliminating that competition helps your plants to thrive.
“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.”
Natalie Babbitt’s classic book Tuck Everlasting represents discovering life and the wonders of the world.
Often, our tendency is to bury ourselves with tasks, projects, and good intentions until we are so busy we rush right past life.
And life, “like all magnificent things . . . [is] very simple.”
No matter what you have (or have not) accomplished this summer, there is still time to enjoy what’s left.
“Life’s got to be lived, no matter how long or short. You got to take what comes.”
So take a moment to enjoy the day. Consider something that you have wanted to do for a while and make plans to do it. You could:
- Read a book
- Go on a hike
- Build that tree house
- Enjoy your outdoor living space
- Plant a garden
- Roast Marshmallows
Sometimes, it is easy to forget that Orbit is more than just an irrigation company. We are a company built around making life easier and more enjoyable.
So let your sprinklers keep the grass green for those family barbeques and starry nights. Let your mist system create a comfortable outdoor living space.
As Tuck says: “Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”
Let us help you create a happy yard and a happy home.
*All quotes taken from Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt