What’s happening here (ever notice that most of my posts about my neighbors begin this way? It’s because even I wonder that sometimes!)
This has been a saga! This knoll that you see began as an evergreen covered hill last spring. My neighbor spent weeks (actually the folks he hired did!) with tree companies first taking down almost all the trees, then re-grading the hillside (from Memorial Day until July 4th with a grader–it takes a lot of patience to live in my neighborhood sometimes!)
His house has the opposite problem from mine. I am on a hill. His sits in a hollow. While I slid down my driveway all last winter, he had an ice rink at the bottom of his driveway. He hopes that by changing the grade and removing trees, he can get some sun on his driveway and parking area so that he can won’t endanger his life.
I’m skeptical. I know how low the sun is in the winter. But I hope he’s right because I hate for all those trees to have been lost in vain.
Then he seeded the lawn–in mid July. But unfortunately, as you can see by this vast expanse, there’s a lot to water. And no one did. Irrigation went in but not until at least a month later. So when it was turned on, you guessed it, crab grass and other undesirable stuff came up.
So now my neighbor is on his second application of what I presume is glysophate–I pray it’s nothing worse than that–to kill everything that’s there. As you can see by the lovely green stripes in my photo, even after a month without rain, and 2 applications of herbicide, grass is hard to kill.
There is a dogwood in the middle of the lawn that appears to be succumbing to something–probably months of constant bulldozing nearby, I’m guessing! I’d guess the remaining trees are going to suffer a similar fate.
And this house is next to the one that is on the market–the one with the apple tree that is shedding its branches. That property has a maple that’s doing the same, sadly. It’s been a tough summer.