Around 5 o'clock one could see me out mowing the lawn and laying down grub killer. I have a family of skunks digging up the yard, feasting upon a smorgasbord of these ugly little buggers. I rushed through my lawn efforts for the sun sets a lot earlier than it did in the summer (feels funny to write about summer in the past tense being that it was near 90 degrees yesterday) and I needed to see my lawn lines. Hopefully this pesticide will do the trick on the grubs, deter the skunks and allow me to save my lawn. I bought the toxic stuff (Eco officers please don't spank me!) but I am also going to get milky spore which is an organic recipe that is supposed to last for up to 15 years. However, I've heard milky spore may take awhile to be effective yet, in the long term, keeps them from returning. So I figured I'd first kill them with the toxic stuff then keep them away with the organic. Thankfully, I'm not out for environmental farmer of the year award. Foremost I don't want the little Bandit in a tussle with Pepe Le Pew. After all, it is all about the Bandit. In fact here's a picture of Chris discussing our vacation itinerary, whilst in Maine, with Bandit. It seems I had no say in the matter.
"Bandit I'm thinking we should hike Dorr mountain. What do you think?"
Chris is sleeping in. He's had a whirlwind of a work week, culminating in the aforementioned open house. While he's still on call, Sundays are usually non-eventful (knock on wood). Today shall see us at the garden center buying fall plants and back to arrange but not before dropping my car off to fix the back tire; it seems I have a slow leak.
Amidst yesterday's travels, I picked up the tell-tale sign of fall, the pumpkin, which now sits on the front steps. Hopefully the critters won't start gnawing on it like they did last year. I don't know what it is with animals and my yard - between the skunks, squirrels, woodchucks and least we forget last winter's fox I think they see this to be the trendy part of town.