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Lawns by the Shore The Forgotten Superstorm Victims

Like most, if not all, of your subscribers, I was significantly affected by Hurricane Sandy. My family and I grimaced through 12 days with no power, flitting between houses of relatives and friends in the latter half just to regain some sanity.

Months later, my brother and I still jokingly point to newspaper front pages that bring up the Sandy recovery effort because they seemingly have nothing better to write about and because it is an easily relatable story. Our personal situation was no Long Beach, but even so, our Massapequa home on Overlea St. North put us close enough to the Great South Bay to flood our crawlspace. Still, it just seemed like something I could tell a story about later and mostly forget.

That is, until springtime rolled around.

Warmer weather meant that we had to start actually caring for our lawn again, and unfortunately our lawn had been underwater during Sandy.

While our house damage can mostly be relegated to a frustrating memory, the lawn continues to be a thorn in our side. As a result of the flooding, it has become acidic, requiring a variety of soil care products (some in pellet form, some in excessively large orange flakes) to be distributed with a lawn spreader. We generously dished out the small pellets, but slowly and carefully threw out those giant poisonous orange flakes. No doubt an annoying job, but do it just this once and it’s over, right? Hopefully there isn’t going to be another Superstorm for a while, so just grin and bear it.

However, in order to get all this stuff nice and deep for lasting renewal, one must trudge up and down the lawn wielding a heavy, gas-powered lawn aerator.

It’s a pain to turn, especially if you have a corner house with a longer, curved lawn. It also shakes violently, and my father and I both had residual hand jitters after using it, making us both appear to be junkies to the untrained eye.

Again: one rental and done. Except now our lawn, which already wasn’t looking too good, now appears to have been ravaged by the gopher from Caddyshack.

It was great to receive a few months leeway in paying off college loans on account of Sandy shutting down work. Now, if only we could get a little help spraying each of the hundred dandelions that crop on our lawn from the government as well.

-David Fiola