Who’s that guy with the garden hose?

When I saw a big, red blob on the television weather radar in western Minnesota late Monday, indicating heavy rain, I felt like clapping and cheering at the television.

My excitement about the precipitation was stifled Tuesday morning, however, as I checked online to find it didn’t rain at all in the North Branch area — the storm fell apart before making it to the eastern part of the state.

Before moving to a house, which has a lawn that needs water, I didn’t care much about rain. When I lived in an apartment or townhouse, I even looked at it as a nuisance, since sometimes it would ruin my summer plans for outdoor activities.

But now I can’t get enough of the free lawn watering. When our yard was sodded in the late spring, it rained about every three days.

We pretty much didn’t have to water at all, because Mother Nature was taking care of it for us.

Now I foresee the water bill spiking as the dry summer months take their toll on the new sod.

We’ve been watering enough to keep it alive and green in spots, but sprinklers, unlike rain, don’t always cover evenly, so there are dry areas.

This makes me sad.

I walk over these areas, and they crinkle under my feet, which is not the sound grass should make when a person walks upon it.

The spots that the sprinklers have been missing I’ve been watering with a garden hose, which sort of works, but it also sort of makes me look slightly nuts.

Derrick Knutson
Derrick Knutson

Here’s what I’d imagine a neighbor conversation would be upon seeing me watering the lawn with a garden hose.

Wife: “Did the Knutsons plant more trees that need watering, honey? I see Derrick out there with the hose a lot.”

Husband: “I don’t think so. He’s just squirting his lawn with the garden hose in a futile attempt to keep it green in this 90-plus degree weather. Please yell at me to come back inside if I ever start doing that, honey.”

I’m thinking once the sod has a year or two under its belt, it will be more resilient to the heat and dry weather, which is pretty much inevitable nearly every Minnesota summer.

But if doesn’t become heartier, you can bet I’ll be out in the yard, possibly with a garden hose in each hand, watering the dry spots.

This will probably take up all of my free time in the summer when it gets dry, but it will be worth it to have a perfectly lush, green lawn, right?

Please tell me I’m right and that I don’t sound crazy. Please.

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