Tackle It Tuesday: Yard Care in Extreme Weather

by Stacey Nerdin

Stacey here…

Houston summers provide all kinds of weather for making yard care a challenge; either we’re struggling through a heat index of 110 degrees, or running for cover because of a sudden, severe thunderstorm. And meanwhile, the grass – caught in the ideal cycle of sun and rain – grows and grows and grows. It can quickly look like a jungle in our own backyard!

overgrown grass

On this week’s To-Do List: mow the lawn. Not only do our kids and dog complain when the grass gets this tall, but our Home Owner’s Association is quick to hand out fines for an untrimmed yard. So…off my husband will go to brave the elements this week, while I stand ready with a tall glass of water, or – if a storm decides to blow through – a dry towel.

Some things to remember if you are doing yard work in extreme heat:

  • Work early in the morning or later in the evening, when the sun is not directly overhead.
  • Take frequent breaks and remember to stay hydrated.
  • Wear a hat to shield your head and face from the sun.
  • Wear sunblock for protection, and bug spray for convenience (especially if you have as many mosquitoes as we do in Houston!).
  • Be aware of the signs of heat stress and seek medical attention if necessary.

And if a storm comes rumbling along, it’s best to get inside, especially if thunder and lightning are involved. Better to have tall grass than risk your own safety!

Calling All Tacklers!

We’re looking for YOU – guest bloggers to post about your own tackles right here. If you are interested in showing off your tackles (we all need some tips and ideas!) then send a quick email to me at staceynerdin@msn.com. Thanks for your inspiring tackles!!

Mom Bloggers — what are you tackling this week?

Link up your Tackle it Tuesday post…

Tell us what you’re up to with all your other tackles… housework and otherwise… add your link to your tackle in the Linky below!

We are Tackling Our To-Do Lists Together and making housework bloggable — Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about how Tackle It Tuesday began.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in tackling all our tasks — whether household or otherwise.

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.



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Stacey has blogged personally at her site, Tree, Root, and Twig, since 2005. When she's not online or busy with her husband and five kids, she's probably learning a new hobby, reading a book, taking a nap, or catching up on her DVR. You can find her on Google+ or Twitter at @StaceyNerdin.

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2 Julie July 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm

As hot as it is, that freezer post above looks very inviting!

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