Anybody else HATE doing yard work?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by nojj, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. nojj

    nojj Guest

    May 20, 2013
    Cutting vines that grow back at the blink of an eye,
    getting lashed by sentient sticker-bushes,
    awe-inspiring weeds taller that you are,
    noxious stinging insects that chase you around the yard,
    limb-severing shrapnel from the brush-cutters,
    steep hillsides that cause one leg to grow longer than the other,
    having your hands shake for 12 hours after operating lawn equipment,
    finishing up only to be told by your wife that it grew back again.........

    I'm thinking fondly of chemical defoliants and controlled burns.
  2. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    I don't necessarily mind doing yardwork, but with a 40 (50) -hour a week day job and a steadily gigging weekend warrior cover band, finding time to get it done can sometimes be a challenge. Weeknights after work are really my only window and if the weather doesn't cooperate or other family obligations come up I'm sometimes SOL.
  3. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Doesn't bother me. I enjoy manual labor like that.
  4. used to do landscaping for a living. would be so proud of the work i did. my personal house looked like crap. couldnt do it all day to spend my time off giving a crap about doing it.
  5. nojj

    nojj Guest

    May 20, 2013
    I hear ya.
    She-who-must-be-obeyed doesn't get that I can't do that kinda stuff on gig nights/day.
    Hands shake too badly afterwards.

    I actually like doing the 'fun' stuff, building walls, moving block, building decks, trenching,
    even shovel work (that's how I keep my girlish figure)

    Hoping after a few well-paid gigs I can get some [DEL]gullible[/DEL] hardworking soul to cut it all for me.
  6. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Being from western Pennsylvania, you must mean jaggerz or jagger bushes.

    There is something in my yard that makes me break out in a rash and I have been scratching like mad. Plus, I got stuck by some cow itch last week too and we have sumac everywhere.
  7. neo 7

    neo 7 The bass player doesn't get a sandwich Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    I kind of enjoy it. I find mowing/weed wacking relaxing, and the more difficult stuff like putting up a fence, or building a wall very rewarding.
  8. chicago_mike


    Oct 9, 2007
    Chicago - LA - Rome - Dallas
    Endorsing Artist : Genz Benz



    Get a rake!

    Actually....get your self an eager beaver and be done with it all.
  9. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I'd rather be under a car getting oily than digging in dirt. Which isn't to say that I actively avoid either one.

    In my yard, if I can't do it with a lawn mower or weed whacker, it doesn't need to get done. My wife takes care of the rest because she cares about it and I don't.
  10. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    I mow on a's good therapy.
  11. I hate not having a garden, more so than doing the work required to maintain it!
  12. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I like doing yard work, I just like doing it when I want to. When I have to do it when I don't want to, then I don't like it. Overall, I find working in the yard to be therapeutic.

  13. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    I absolutely love splitting wood. Pulling weeds is therapeutic for me also. Nothing gets my mind right as much as playing bass though.
  14. Immigrant

    Immigrant In Memoriam

    I used to not mind it because the results made me proud. Then I broke both ankles and a leg in a work accident, had 29 surgeries, and my pride vanished. I now use Roundup three times a year on the entire thing and kill it. Shrubs and trees I can handle, the lawn I can't. I've been struggling with guilt lately over poisoning/contaminating Earth.

    My property looks like its a little closer to the sun than the rest on my block. Scorched. :cool:
  15. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    I love yard work and gardening. I dont care much for the lawn, growing grass is an excercise in futility and I find it wholly unneccessary, except for the fact that I dont own the home and have to keep it up.

    Im watering the lawn every other day, and watering plants every day. Once or twice a week Im pruning some bush, putting up a fence around my fruit, hacking away at a bush we're getting rid of, or structing my blackberry vines. Always something to do, and I love it. Depending on what I feel like doing I probably spend about 30 minutes a day on average, but Ive spent as much as 3 hours completing multiple yard projects.
    If I had my way though, Id dig up the grass and have a full blown farm to take care of.
  16. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics

    Our lawn has been shrinking a bit more every year as we port over to growing more and more of our own food.
  17. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Our landlord asked us to take care of the lawn, else it'd be gone by now. Ive already removed a good chunk by transplanting an orange tree. :p
    I may have to get some more trees to plant so I can shrink the yard down some more. Watering grass is such a waste.
  18. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I'd like to take up making those little trees like Mr. Miyagi did in Karate Kid.

  19. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike

    Nov 18, 2005
    When I bought my house in 98 it had an enormous amount of landscaping ...

    I've reduced it greatly
  20. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    I did a stint with bonsai and ended up with a collection of dead, very expensive plants. :atoz: