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Yeah, yeah. Spring is awesome. All those pretty flowers blooming. Pastel clothing. Bunnies. Blossoms. Baskets of eggs. Picnics. Outdoor weddings. Lush green lawns. Hmm. What about the down-side of Spring? Yes. There is one. Here are my personal pet peeves regarding the prettiest, perkiest season of all:

1. Return of the lawn mower. Remember how "winterize lawn mower" was on your to-do list back in September? Just never got around to it, did you? Well, guess what? It's too late and now Spring is back. Time to deal with the consequences. Your mower, having been neglected in the garage for six months with a tank full of fuel, will be hell to start again. Have fun with that.

2. Wrestling the garden hose. Spring means planting time, and planting means watering to get new plants established. Planting is satisfying work, but my most hated gardening task is watering. Actually, the water is kind of lovely. It's the hose I hate.
Hauling it up and down the yard. Unkinking the inevitable kinks. Getting the sprinkler set up just right. Trotting up and down the yard, back and forth from plant to spigot. Ugh.

Okay, yes, I could set up a drip-irrigation system. But I'm trying to establish a drought-resistant garden. The guiding principle is that once the plants are established I won't have to water. Ever. Then who'll be laughing, eh, garden hose?

3. Aaa-CHOOOO. Allergies. Here in the South, there is a layer of gaudy yellow pollen on everything. The car. My desk. The floor. My dog's white fur has a decided yellowish tinge today.

Allergy-sufferers like myself find this time of year a bit of an ordeal. I toughed it out for a week or two, then resorted to a heavy-duty barrage of pharmaceuticals to get me through. This has gone a long way towards restoring my love of Mother Nature.

4. Mosquitoes. I. Hate. Them. Warm weather and rainfall means the mosquitoes return with a vengeance. From now until Fall I'll be gardening in long pants, long-sleeved shirts, thick socks, lace-up boots, and floppy hat. Seriously, I look like a living scarecrow. And the skeeters still bite me. Yes, through my clothes.

5. Procrastination exposed. Remember all those other yard projects on your to-do list (after "winterize lawn mower")? All those big, difficult, labor-intensive and/or downright unpleasant things that need doing? Like fixing the broken latch on the garden gate. Like painting the pergola. Like eradicating weeds. Like repainting the front door. Like replanting that drought-prone slope.

All year my excuse is it's the wrong season. "Spring will be the perfect time to tackle that," I tell myself. Lier! It's Spring and I'm still not getting that stuff done. Yes, my procrastination is exposed to the world. Okay, I admit it: it's not Spring that's the problem. It's me: I'm a lazy gardener!

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