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Watering the lawn with machine made snow

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Looking at the Hunter Mountain Webcam, the green grass on the Mountain looks much greener and healthier since the machine made snow they put down last week has melted off.

I'm wondering if spraying water on my lawn to make snow when it's cold enough will make my lawn greener and healthier, as it seems to have done for the grass at Hunter.

Maybe I can incorporate mowing my lawn into my pathetic attempts to get into shape to ski.
post #2 of 20

It's been a very dry fall for one thing.

Turning a hand pump for the water might help getting in shape.

 

Wait for the people faulting Hunter for not making 2 feet of snow so only 20 inches melts and they're left with 4 inches to ski on. Then they don't even bother to go, but complain the next week when Hunter refuses to make another foot to water the grass. Rinse and repeat then it's spring when there's tons of coverage and sun but no one goes.

post #3 of 20

Ask Midwest Pete.  He has a snowmaking machine in his yard.

post #4 of 20

Iron helps grass look greener, bet there snowmaking pipes are a little oxidized.

post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
"It's been a very dry fall for one thing.

Turning a hand pump for the water might help getting in shape."

The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handle.
post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 
Funny how much the slopes at Hunter resemble a golf course dotted with sand traps; except the sand traps are actually the small patches that remain of the snow they made recently, and it's not really funny.
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post
 

Ask Midwest Pete.  He has a snowmaking machine in his yard.

Yup - grass is always greener where I have had snow.

 

 

post #8 of 20

What happens on that snow? Kids come play in it? Is it there all season?

post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by Tog View Post
 

What happens on that snow? Kids come play in it? Is it there all season?

I just make it for fun during the winter.  Kids used to invite themselves over, but they are kind of immune to it now.  I just notice it starts disappearing when it gets a bit warmer and is good for snowballs.

 

Plus once we have natural snow, no big deal since it is snowy everywhere.

 

I like to watch out the window when people not familiar with our neighborhood drive down the street.  Some of them just stop their car and stare, as if it is some freak of nature.

 

I will most likely make some the end of this week since it is supposed to be really cold.

post #10 of 20

I think you should make a snowman, then train a web camera on it and give it it's own facebook page or something. People can watch the season.

Could be big...

post #11 of 20

I was going to make snow this morning since it is cold enough -- but hey, it snowed last night!

post #12 of 20

Ahhh, what the heck - I just cranked it up anyway. Only for a couple hours though since I need to meet some friends for lunch.

 

One can never have enough snow, correct?!

 

11/22/2013 8:00am


Edited by MidwestPete - 11/22/13 at 6:45am
post #13 of 20

I love it.  Kudos.

post #14 of 20

Can totally see MidwestPete doing this (the first one):

 

 

post #15 of 20

The selfie clip reminds me of a letter to the editor in the National Post a few days ago responding to the announcement that Oxford dictionary made it their  word of the year. He recounts that 50 years ago in the merchant marine a selfie referred to... well... men away from their wives...would.... well, you know....alone in their bunks.;) 

post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by Gunnerbob View Post
 

Can totally see MidwestPete doing this (the first one):

 

 

Ha!  That is me!  Making more snow today.

 

11-23-2013

 

 

 


Edited by MidwestPete - 11/23/13 at 2:08pm
post #17 of 20

I see a lot of garages that are actually used as garages, but have the neighbors ever complained about the ice on their windows or door locks?

post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
 

I see a lot of garages that are actually used as garages, but have the neighbors ever complained about the ice on their windows or door locks?

No - I monitor it closely.

post #19 of 20

11/27/2013

 

Made some more today -- perfect conditions -- cold, dry and no wind. Today I can actually point the gun up into the air and not have the snow blow away (makes for better quality).

 

post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by MidwestPete View Post
 

11/27/2013

 

Made some more today -- perfect conditions -- cold, dry and no wind. Today I can actually point the gun up into the air and not have the snow blow away (makes for better quality).

 

You should win an award for your snow making ability.  I'll bet the "snow" blankets the grass in a way that keeps whatever moisture it has in it, which keeps it from drying out and browning.

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