Yesterday we decided enough was enough. We have been so busy lately and tired from being busy that we have let our garden become a haven for insects… overgrowth… weeds and everything else that normally we would fight to control. Not to mention that we had a baaaaaaaaad case of mosquitoes and funny enough, we wrote an article on how to control them. Don’t laugh.
You know what was causing the influx of “mossies”… our gigantic mosquito growing tank, AKA – swimming pool.
Yup, we did exactly what your not supposed to, let it sit and breed those lil blood suckers until I’m sure we had furnished the neighborhood with their own personal pest problem. Geeez. We do feel bad, we feel like idiots… really we do. But sometimes life catches you with your pants down and then takes it upon itself to laugh and point.
We are pantsless.
Like I said in line 1… enough was enough. We took off to Ace Hardware to grab a few things we lacked. A new water hose, a second short water hose to drain the pool, some mosquito killer donut thingys, a new sprinkler (some big white lion of a dog ate the old one) and some organic spray for our plants. You know… the essentials.
Armed with our tools we began working on things.
Our beatiful 4 O’clocks had become a mess due to some invisible insects that were eating them UP! So we made the executive decision to take them out. They had a good run, some will come back before its freezes… you can bet that. Next year they will be a beautiful piece of asphault… so really does it matter? We are going to save some seeds to move to our next home and keep them going.
Next we spent time dividing & conquering – Shala was spraying mosquito killer on the yard, since some of those babies had grown into adults and were biting our asses on the regular. I spent my time pruning things up and pulling weeds in the garden. The garden still needs a lot of work, but is in way better shape than before. The yard got a nice coat of mosquito killer and hopefully we will be on the backside soon.
The pool, well we are draining that a little at a time. It is so hot in Texas, that we are debating filling it again. We probably could use it well into October I’m sure, but then again… we have lots of things planned and it could end up just the same. So that will have to be figured out on the fly. Until then, we are treating the millions of larvae in the pool – hopefully we can get them before they are flying around causing chaos.
We did pull a few things yesterday, just so you know we are actually getting something out of the garden besides work…