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Rain Man
10-09-2006, 04:18 PM
Assume that we're not talking about the Vanderbilt Mansion or anything, but rather a typical-sized yard for a middle-class house. What's best? A sea of nice green grass? A shady tree-covered forest? A profusion of flowers and flowerbeds? A pool? What makes a nice yard?

cdcox
10-09-2006, 04:19 PM
asphalt

Gonzo
10-09-2006, 04:19 PM
Describe your perfect yard.


About 3 feet. :)

Bowser
10-09-2006, 04:19 PM
The Playboy Mansion Grotto. Close the thread.

Phobia
10-09-2006, 04:20 PM
Six carefully selected boulders on which to lie.

No grass. No weeds. Pretty much, just a parking lot.

Count Zarth
10-09-2006, 04:22 PM
I always liked the snow-covered yard at the end of Kill Bill.

You can't see in the picture, but it had a nice little water fountain off to the side.

http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/7743/143331qe4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

JBucc
10-09-2006, 04:22 PM
I would love to have that field turf stuff in my yard.

Fire Me Boy!
10-09-2006, 04:24 PM
Whatever I don't have to mow.

Crashride
10-09-2006, 04:24 PM
The perfect yard would be LJ over the top for a game winning TD in the superbowl win, with no time left on the clock

alpha_omega
10-09-2006, 04:25 PM
Thick green healthy zoysia!

Easy 6
10-09-2006, 04:25 PM
I always liked the snow-covered yard at the end of Kill Bill.

You can't see in the picture, but it had a nice little water fountain off to the side.

http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/7743/143331qe4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
I'm constantly telling Lucy how great she looks in white but she never believes me............................

Rain Man
10-09-2006, 04:26 PM
I like yard areas that are like outdoor rooms. Our current yard is tiny, so we've essentially made it into one big room with a patio and non-grass plants around it. If I had a big yard, I'd break it up with hedges and beds so that it became a bunch of tiny spaces.

That said, I sure like trees. The condo I used to live in had a big yard that was nothing but grass and lots of big, mature trees. It felt like lounging on an estate grounds.

HemiEd
10-09-2006, 04:27 PM
Kentucky Blue Grass, nicely trimmed. Hedges, Flowers etc. should not be overdone. Flower beds should be planned for easy mowing and trimming around them. These areas should have a nice mix of flowers and bushes that peak during different seasons.


Edit: the most important part, no ****ing cottonwood trees within a half a mile.

jidar
10-09-2006, 04:28 PM
lots of naked chicks laying on the dirt.
moaning.

Rain Man
10-09-2006, 04:29 PM
lots of naked chicks laying on the dirt.
moaning.

So...like a plane crash?

alpha_omega
10-09-2006, 04:31 PM
...the most important part, no ****ing cottonwood trees within a half a mile.


Excellent point!!!!!!!!!!!

JBucc
10-09-2006, 04:31 PM
I like yard areas that are like outdoor rooms. Our current yard is tiny, so we've essentially made it into one big room with a patio and non-grass plants around it. If I had a big yard, I'd break it up with hedges and beds so that it became a bunch of tiny spaces.

That said, I sure like trees. The condo I used to live in had a big yard that was nothing but grass and lots of big, mature trees. It felt like lounging on an estate grounds.In the house I used to live in we had huge trees all across the front yard that covered everything in shade so the grass grew really slowly. It was nice. Now developers seem to be hacking down any forms of life when they build new houses.

Jilly
10-09-2006, 04:32 PM
what's that real soft grass? it's kinda bluer than other grass...??? That and trees, and a hot tub with a roof...

HemiEd
10-09-2006, 04:32 PM
If I had a big yard, I'd break it up with hedges and beds so that it became a bunch of tiny spaces.
That would probably make it more time consuming to mow and trim I would think.


That said, I sure like trees. .

How about a Cottonwood tree?

Count Zarth
10-09-2006, 04:32 PM
Trees suck.

ChiefsOne
10-09-2006, 04:32 PM
field turf with a riding vaccum

Bill Parcells
10-09-2006, 04:33 PM
A yard of beer is difficult to drink and very filling.always drink lite beer when drinking a yard of beer..or you will be belly up!!!
http://otakubooty.bootyproject.org/images/members/15283.jpg

Adept Havelock
10-09-2006, 04:34 PM
A yard of beer is difficult to drink and very filling.always drink lite beer when drinking a yard of beer..or you will be belly up!!!


Awww, c'mon man. It's only a yard of Guinness. :evil:

HemiEd
10-09-2006, 04:34 PM
what's that real soft grass? it's kinda bluer than other grass...??? ...

Kentucky Blue Grass. It is high maintenance but worth it.

JBucc
10-09-2006, 04:35 PM
I want my turf blue like Boise State's turf. That would be neat.

Bill Parcells
10-09-2006, 04:36 PM
Awww, c'mon man. It's only a yard of Guinness. :evil:
The first time I tried that it spilled all over my face!!LOL!!

It is an art to drink out of that thing!! :p

Jilly
10-09-2006, 04:39 PM
Kentucky Blue Grass. It is high maintenance but worth it.

that makes sense, but that grass beneath the feet just is an awesome feeling. That's one of my favorite feelings in the world, bare feet on that type of grass.

BucEyedPea
10-09-2006, 04:42 PM
My perfect yard would be a combination of what I have now combined with what I grew up with.

I have a terraced lanai ( bit rundown right now from hurricanes and what not...but that will be handled) with an L-shaped pool. The eating area is raised up with a porch cover. There is a peach hibiscus tree. The outside corner of the pool curves dipping in with an arch. An angel palm and flower bush grow there in a semi-circle.

But the yard behind it is too short, the zoning here is aweful...like Cali. The grass here sukks. It's Augustine due to the heat. The back grass is constant work to look decent.

That's where my home in NE comes in. That was backed by a conservation wood, large yard with some tall trees and my Mom had a profusion of gardens.

I do have a tangerine tree though. The grapefruit tree died and I had to destroy another small tree after one of our Hurricanes. I've got some work to do out back there plus fix the completely blown-out screens in the birdcage, also from the 'canes. Those things are always blowin' out and since there were so many canes I stopped replacin' 'em.

Skip Towne
10-09-2006, 04:43 PM
I want my turf blue like Boise State's turf. That would be neat.
You do realize they are little Donkey clones don't you? Boise State is gay.

JBucc
10-09-2006, 04:44 PM
You do realize they are little Donkey clones don't you? Boise State is gay.But the turf rules.

BucEyedPea
10-09-2006, 04:44 PM
Kentucky Blue Grass. It is high maintenance but worth it.
Would that survive in Florida?

PastorMikH
10-09-2006, 04:47 PM
The perfect yard for me would be about 180 acres with a 3-5 acre lake, a 20-40 acre woodlot or two with deer running through them, some pastures of short grasses full of quail. At the house, about 2 acres mowed with a fenced in back yard.

JBucc
10-09-2006, 04:48 PM
Would that survive in Florida?It's been a while since my turf/grass management class, but I think it may be too hot there.

Bill Parcells
10-09-2006, 05:02 PM
Would that survive in Florida?
No!!!!

It would get fungus from the high humidity and irrigation needs..

Bermuda grass is the way to go in Florida!!!

Rain Man
10-09-2006, 05:07 PM
In the house I used to live in we had huge trees all across the front yard that covered everything in shade so the grass grew really slowly. It was nice. Now developers seem to be hacking down any forms of life when they build new houses.

Y'know, I've got this great idea for an investment. Imagine this: you buy a large parcel in a place like Colorado (lower elevations) where trees are not common. You then lay out the parcel with trees in a manner where, thirty years in the future when the land is developed, the main drive into the subdivision is lined with beautiful mature trees and every lot has a big, beautiful tree that's placed perfectly so that it doesn't interfere with construction. The land would be worth a lot more than basic land, and it wouldn't cost much to grow the trees. So you buy it cheap when you're young, plant the trees, and sell it for a ton of money to an upscale developer right before you retire.

Adept Havelock
10-09-2006, 05:13 PM
A yard covered by a Rock Garden.

Very low maintenance.

Yellowbutter72
10-09-2006, 05:20 PM
what's that real soft grass? it's kinda bluer than other grass...??? That and trees, and a hot tub with a roof...

You don't want a roof over your hot tub!! It so too much fun to sit in a hot tub when it is snowing and the flakes are falling down on you in the tub and you are still warm!!

BucEyedPea
10-09-2006, 05:25 PM
Bermuda grass is the way to go in Florida!!!
Describe...what's it like?

Adept, A rock garden is a nice way to go too.

Bill Parcells
10-09-2006, 05:29 PM
Describe...what's it like?

Adept, A rock garden is a nice way to go too.
It's not soft..it's like a porcupine grass..you would not want to walk on it with bare feet..
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.farmseeds.com/images/forage-maps2004/bermuda-map.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.bermudagrass.com/adaptation/index.html&h=161&w=250&sz=16&hl=en&start=15&tbnid=lKFF0OrAvRaFpM:&tbnh=71&tbnw=111&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dbermuda%2Bgrass%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DG

runnercyclist
10-09-2006, 05:34 PM
I'd have to say a nice ESB. But two half yards are easier to handle.

mcan
10-09-2006, 05:34 PM
No question, if I can swing it, I'm getting field turf. Rock gardens around the main areas of the house and back porch. Lamps lining the driveway, stepping stones, a nice hot tub/jaccuzi, an indoor-outdoor pool, connected to a game room/home gym, and most importantly (if the yard is big enough and it looks good) a 2/3 scale football field with goal posts, and a track around the outside.


Maybe I'm overestimating the middle class income... :(

Spott
10-09-2006, 05:46 PM
If you live in florida, you have to have one of these.

Jenson71
10-09-2006, 05:47 PM
Green grass. A garden in the back right that features a pond stocked with small fish. To the back right is a big decidious tree gets all different colors. The rest is grass and a big deck with grill, hot tube, chairs. The deck protrudes from a "four season" back porch.

tommykat
10-09-2006, 05:49 PM
oh oh oh, wait, I guess you don't mean perfect yard as in flowers etc? Shoot, I was excited at first....ROFL

crispystl420
10-09-2006, 05:54 PM
I really like the old southern plantation yards with the hedged-in driveway, like on Forrest Gump.

Easy 6
10-09-2006, 06:09 PM
The perfect yard for me would be about 180 acres with a 3-5 acre lake, a 20-40 acre woodlot or two with deer running through them, some pastures of short grasses full of quail. At the house, about 2 acres mowed with a fenced in back yard.
I'm sold Pastor, how much ya' want...?

Thig Lyfe
10-09-2006, 06:11 PM
Exactly three feet long.

HemiEd
10-09-2006, 06:14 PM
Would that survive in Florida?

No, unless you want to Air Condition it and water it daily. I am afraid you are stuck with varieties of Bermuda. Bermuda has its good qualities as well, but it would not make it up here.

HemiEd
10-09-2006, 06:18 PM
You don't want a roof over your hot tub!! It so too much fun to sit in a hot tub when it is snowing and the flakes are falling down on you in the tub and you are still warm!!

Wouldn't it be a little chilly getting in and out?

BucEyedPea
10-09-2006, 06:31 PM
It's not soft..it's like a porcupine grass..you would not want to walk on it with bare feet..
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.farmseeds.com/images/forage-maps2004/bermuda-map.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.bermudagrass.com/adaptation/index.html&h=161&w=250&sz=16&hl=en&start=15&tbnid=lKFF0OrAvRaFpM:&tbnh=71&tbnw=111&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dbermuda%2Bgrass%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DG
That's exactly what Augustine grass is like...and it sukks! :(

BucEyedPea
10-09-2006, 06:32 PM
If you live in florida, you have to have one of these.
Do you mean the pool or the Kreepy Krauly?
I have both. No worries.

And HemiEd...air condition the lawn? LOL!

SLAG
10-11-2006, 07:21 PM
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/7468/1463/0/Jul08_0001-765837.jpg

MarcBulger
10-11-2006, 07:35 PM
Pavement,,or one like the Brady Bunch had.

dtebbe
10-11-2006, 07:40 PM
Wouldn't it be a little chilly getting in and out?

That's the really fun part.... :p

See the UGA cheerleader thread for "chill bumps" reference...

DT

wutamess
10-11-2006, 08:06 PM
I've shown these before...
Not perfect but damn near close.

Although, I have to be really careful I don't break my arm trying to pat myself on the back.

This was 2-3 years ago after I moved in and really revitalized the horrible looking yard.

Now I've gotten sick of the 3 months of pretty yard and went to Zoysia this summer. Yard looks horrible at the moment as I plugged it. It currently looks like acheckerboard. I hope to have the yard completely filled in by the end of next summer.

Rain Man
10-11-2006, 08:08 PM
I half-expect to see Albert Pujols catching a fly ball on that grass, wutamess.

What's the bottom flag?

wutamess
10-11-2006, 08:10 PM
The top was American flag... The bottom was Chiefs flag.

Iowanian
10-11-2006, 08:24 PM
The perfect yard.

The driveway is 1/4 mile down a private maple lined lane. The lane leads through an alfalfa field. Upon a hilltop, I step from the windowed south end of my log home deck and begin overlooking 300 acres of mixed hardwood timber, woven with fields of corn, sorgum, soybeans and clover. 50 yards behind the manicured 3acre mowed yard, is the edge of my 10 acre bass pond. I've built an island with 30' of water to shore, upon the island is the skeleton of an old M Farmall Tractor with an antique piece of machinery in tow. I can see the 10 does and 3 bucks grazing on the clover in the 2nd field west....I see them, they see me, and they know in a month, one of them is fooked.

I walk around to the north side to view the machine shed 50 yards away, near the pole building that leads to the cattle pens, where I'm currently weaning the 50 calves from the spring season, and have 10, 1100lb black angus steers munching on cracked corn and ground alfalfa, preparing to be hauled to the locker.

Under the giant oak trees between the machine shed and the house....the kids are playing on the ridiculous playground I've constructed, and moving Tonka Truck loads of their 20 ton sandpile it sits within.

Its nearing fall....The only sounds to be heard for a half mile are the occasional giggle of a couple of kids, the moan of locust, croaking song of the frog chior in the pond, and the thwap of the arrow I've just drilled center mass on the 3D target, perched 20 yards off the deck.

Since my yard is so cool....I'm pretty sure I just heard my brothers and brother in law pull in...it sounds like they brought a cooler of beer.

macdawg
10-11-2006, 08:53 PM
1. Cross hatch mowing, ya know like a golf course, I don't mow over it twice but I mow in a different direction every single time, good for grass & I like how it looks.

2. A perfect yard must have a hammock.

Logical
10-11-2006, 08:58 PM
If I have to take care of it a Zeriscape yard is perfect.

If my gardner is taking care if it I have the perfect yard. Small front lawn. spacious rear lawn. 5 very tall palm trees, one giant spreading palm. Many hedge type bushes and couple of hills covered in Ice Plant.

Baconeater
10-11-2006, 10:54 PM
A yard with a go-kart track would be awesome.

boogblaster
10-11-2006, 11:40 PM
Blue grass is what Ive got.. It weathers well..dont have to water much..cuts easy..low maintence..got some fruit trees..just planted some pecan trees..large garden spot..which reminds me its time to plow that bitch.....