Of Wasps, Weeds, and Home Ownership


I know I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

I’m from California.

While my move to Texas hasn’t completely shocked me culturally, (I explain Dallas as the LA of Texas to Californians), every now and then I run into something that baffles my Golden State mindset.

Like wasps. And weeds.

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I never really had too many run-ins with wasps. There were the honey bees (I think…or Bumble?), but hardly ever a wasp. Or hornet. Or other scary nest building types. Well, maybe there were, but I never encountered them. Same difference.

Earlier this week, I identified a wasp on our patio. And I looked out the window to find that it was building a nest. So when Cent came home I told him to spray it down. Because it’s his job, duh. And being California-raised, I’ve never used wasp spray, nor have I seen it in action. When the sun set, and activity died down, Cent went outside and projected the spray from the back door. It’s seriously projectile! No wonder it tells you it’s 20-foot spray. Crazy.

Raid Wasp Hornet Spray

I definitely recommend keeping this on hand. My friend Karyn said so.

And the weeds. They are gargantuan here. My mom has a pretty green thumb and my parents have a landscaping service that comes to mow the lawn and trim branches. So I never remember having to do battle with weeds. At least not at home. Well, as soon as cold weather passed and the sun peeked out, the weeds came. And multiplied. And proliferated. Times a hundred.

Texas Weeds Killer Nutsedge

This is a Texan weed from our backyard. Don't hate.

We went to Home Depot to get our education on about the Texan weeds. And apparently, there’s this one type of weed that is called Nutsedge, and it looks like grass, and it grows some deep roots. And, of course, it requires a special type of weed killer that is used on pro golf courses. It’s called Image. The lady at Home Depot swears by it.

Image Nutsedge Killer

Oh, the things you learn when you’re a homeowner. In Texas.

Remember, wasp spray and weed killer.

Any other tips on home ownership in Dallas, Texas? And any landscaper referrals would be much appreciated. :)

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  • Reply ala 04.14.2010 at 5:42 pm

    you are adorable! “Because it’s his job, duh.” i say the same thing to steven about cleaning the cat litter. and cleaning the toilets. and emptying the trash. oops!

  • Reply Auntie Kathleen 04.14.2010 at 6:53 pm

    Oy vey Catie! The weeds! The wasps! Looks like you’ve got it under control! Happy gardening!

  • Reply Karyn 04.15.2010 at 12:56 pm

    I will do my best to help you avoid the pitfalls of i’m-not-from-here Texas home ownership.

    In case I haven’t told you this – you’re going to need to water your yard, AND your house – all year long. This year we lucked out with a lot of winter precip – but trust me. It’s weird to water your lawn in the winter (much less your house). But if you don’t – well I can show you the pictures of our 2nd summer here if you’d like to see 😉

    Yay for 20ft wasp spray!!

  • Reply Regina Lynn 04.15.2010 at 4:37 pm

    Hahahahaha, ok, I can’t help but dub you a “city girl”, in the nicest way as possible, of course. Good luck with your wasps and weeds!

  • Reply Tasha Poulsen 04.16.2010 at 10:50 am

    Just be careful! I’ve been stung while applying the spray, it’s no fun. You might also consider waiting until evening to spray because when it’s cooled down, they like to all come back to the nest, then you get them all. Just as a suggestion.

  • Reply Vanessa 04.20.2010 at 6:45 pm

    Our close friend Jeff Qualls has a lawn service, Clean Cuts. He is pretty amazing, and does a great job for a low price! His number is 469-865-8994, tell him Vanessa & Jason recommended h to you! :)

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