During the months when it becomes a necessary evil to mow the lawn to keep my property from being legally declared a rain forest, I am notorious for
usually sometimes slacking on that particular homeowner’s duty. And as I’ve discussed before, I could care less what grows in my yard… let the grass and the weeds fight it out amongst themselves for the territory. Who am I to decide what lives and what dies?
That’s not a good enough explanation for this squirrel, who wants to know why the hell he’s shoulder deep in a tangled patch of weeds sprouting up around his oak tree and making it difficult to search for acorns. Would it kill me to get a little Ortho, or maybe run a mower over this shit?
Sorry, little buddy, but I’ve got more important things to do…. like take a picture of you sitting in the clover for my Saturday Squirrel feature. I do profusely apologize if there happens to be any poison ivy amongst that flora mange…
Have a dandelion of a weekend everybody!
I’m with you… every plant deserved a chance… think I will buy such a big knife now to make a path through my jungle :o)
If City Hall wouldn’t fine me into oblivion, I would gladly let that jungle grow. It might keep the kids from cutting through my yard if they thought there might be lions and tigers prowling about…
…or traps for lions and tigers… 🙂
That’s quite possible! My jungle may take over the entire animal kingdom in my neighborhood…
Looks like my yard! I finally had to cut the grass this week as I kept losing my little dog Sam. He hates getting lost in the jungle. 😉
It would be embarrassing to have to send out a search and rescue mission in your own backyard… 😉
It is embarrassing! So….shhhhhh…so far only Sam and I know about it. Well now you too. 😉
Put Dee on the search team… she can keep a secret!
LOL there ya go! Problem solved!
We are lucky in that our neighborhood hires a company to maintain all the front lawns. (Small townhouse community, so it’s part of our HOA fee.) Our back yard is always a mess. This year, my daughter commented that it looked like a dandelion forest in our back yard. My hubby mows it if I ask him enough times. I usually don’t ask until the grass is nearly high enough to hide the dogs … and then it takes him a bit longer to get around to it — ha, ha! Always an adventure in our back yard! 🙂
I think Mr. Adorable Squirrel looks pretty darn happy in his clover, though.
The city loves to check backyards around here to make sure they’re up to local ordinances, so no hiding my laziness behind the house. My front yard is tiny, but my backyard is freaking huge…
We keep the lawn short entirely to keep the flea and tick population down. The nasty bugs thrive in high grass and weeds and the dogs pick them up and bring them to us. Being the little bloodthirsty critters they are, they will as happily munch on us as the dogs. So, mow we must. Even though around here, nobody would notice or care if we didn’t.
I had them in the house 5 years ago and got munched on plenty. They didn’t come from the yard unless I brought them in somehow… maybe a squirrel smuggled them inside.
Everyone out my way has let their lawns go – mostly due to the drought. In my case it is due to the fact that…well, there are a million excuses aside from no water. But the squirrels are thriving! And the one you pictured here is so darling. I just want to pick one up and hold it but I know it would bite the crap out of me.
When we had a drought three years ago, it was interesting to see who thought watering their precious lawns was above conservation… and it was obvious by who had green lawns and who had yellow and brown lawns. I loved that summer, though, because I only had to cut the grass twice in a span of four months… damn the 40 days or so when it got above 100…
And yes, I wish I could pick up a cutie like that too… but know I’d be headed for a battery of rabies shots if I did…
I’m not sure which are “weeds” and which are “not weeds” in my garden. So I’ve left the whole lot alone. That’s my excuse for not doing any gardening.
I’m sure your squirrels can handle weeds and tall grass – the problem is you won’t be able to see them to take your Saturday Squirrel photos.
I’ll just shoot random pictures of my yard and hold a contest for my readers to find the squirrel amidst the brush. The first correct answer wins an autographed copy of Buster’s latest death certificate….
Actually, I’d be well up for that contest 🙂
HaHa! What a job? Going around catching people whose lawns are too high. Do they use a ruler?
I’m now going to be waiting for the guy with the ruler to come around so I can take his picture sticking it into the grass…
I don’t know what’s worse… our city inspectors who go looking for all of these “eyesore violations”, or the nosy neighbors who have nothing better to do than rat out the owners of unkempt yards on their block. Luckily, I haven’t had any issues with the latter like my Dad always had to deal with at the old place when I was growing up…
Poor Dad! These peeps are petty peeps!
You could do something really radical with your back garden and pave half of it, if you’re allowed. Less to mow that way.
As much as I would like that idea (though my squirrels would probably disagree), that would be something way down the list of home improvement expenses. I’d pay to have a fence put in first to keep the weeds in and the neighborhood kids out…
If you took out the weeds and put down grass seed, the squirrels would probably dig it up or eat it anyway! I tried to grow sunflowers for them and they beheaded the seedlings by the time they were an inch high.
I’ve tried to grow sunflowers in the past… one entire batch of seedlings was done in by a severe storm that blew threw at the wrong time. The other batch just kinda withered and died… with the exception of one lone, sad looking sunflower that poked up right in front of my kitchen window to greet everyone…
The “trick” to growing stuff is keep planting. I L ❤ VE your sun flower.
This squirrel is so cute and looks like he would be a good secret agent. 🙂