15+ Years of Watching Grass Grow

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Some Ramblings about WGG

Watching Grass Grow really started in the summer of 2002 when Colorado had a fairly serious draught which led to water rationing. This, of course, had rather dire consequences for those of us who live in suburbia, as instead of being able to watch our grass grow, our normally green lush lawns turned brown ... and there were even a lotta bare spots! :-(

Fortunately, 2003 was quite a bit wetter, and if you add enough water to grass (and optionally some lawn fertilizer), it will grow back as can be seen in these pictures of my front lawn. Rest assured that along with the grass came a weed or two ... or bazillion. Fortunately I have a Hulkin' weed eater and/or weed killer along with Tony the Tiger's weed whacker! ;-) It's unfortunate that I don't have any pictures from earlier; since it was REALLY brown with a lot more holes - i.e. by the time of the first picture on April 30th, 2003, it had actually recovered quite a bit. I also came across a picture of my backyard that was shot in June of 2002 and the comparison to June/2003 is startling. My friend Dan, bet me a round of golf that all the bare grass spots would not be filled in by July ... but as you see, the grass came pretty close to growing back; even without applying lawn fertlizer ... although look at Mr. Grass's idea of fertilizing in the Father's Day, 2004 picture. Some stuff from the early years - lots more on the Grass Blog.

Watching Grass Grow is more exciting than you might think - check out the pics below! It has also been the site of lotsa Halloween decorations and Christmas lights. Some people really enjoy watching grass grow - Liz even wrote a poem about it and God Himself Emailed His thoughts. For more of this type of excitement, check out watching paint dry, watch corn grow, plus Andie and Mike's Bubble Cam. Finally, special thanx to Rob at Rob's Plants who was nice enough to let me use his favicon (the 16x16 graphic that shows in the URL box in Firefox and IE Favorites) and as you can imagine, he does some serious gardening. And oh yeah, here's the answer to how fast grass grows - 1/25 of an inch/hour - that would be hard to see in the webcam! ;-)

Apr 30, 2003 May 12, 2003
watching grass grow 1 watching grass grow 2

May 31, 2003 Jun 8, 2003
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Jun 23, 2003 (bushes have been trimmed) Jul 11, 2003 - Hulk like Green Grass
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Jul 28, 2003 Aug 18, 2003 - were outa town for 2 weeks
watching grass grow 7 watching grass grow 8

Sep 2, 2003 - greening back up! Sep 29, 2003
watching grass grow 9 watching grass grow 11

Christmas 2002 Christmas 2003
xmas 2002 xmas 2003

Jun 20, 2004 - Father's Day The Google Doodle from that day (and the boys)

The Green strip/patch is because Mr. Grass applied lawn fertilizer with a "dumper" rather than a "spreader" ... and 75% of it was gone by time he made the first lap - OOPS!

Google Father's Day 2004
Boys mowing lawn

Google Doodles are very creative twists of the Google Logo that appear on their main page on various holidays (and other special events) and were first done by Dennis Hwang.

Sep 11, 2004 Sprinkler Geyser in the front yard - lotta water!
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Jun 22, 2006 - First image from the Webcam posted on Blog Jul 10, 2006 - Hulk'in Lemonade Stand
first webcam image limade stand

Jul 24, 2006 - Hulk Hummer Jul 24, 2006 - Hulk Hummer
hulk hummer hulk hummer 2

May 17, 2007 - Hulk'in Oldsmobile Delta 88 Convertible! Aug 8, 2007 - Clearing out the garage to pressure wash
hulk convertible clean spray garage

Sep 8, 2007 - Hulk'in Colorado Rockies Baseballs! Nov 6, 2007 - replacing the carpet in the house
rockies baseballs new carpet

Jun 6, 2008 - Hulk'in air compressor pumps up the Hulk Jul 4, 2008 - Double Hulk power for parade
pumping up hulk double hulk power

Aug 22, 2008 - Mr. Grass cuts his own lawn! Feb 14, 2009 - Kids make a valentine heart in a dusting of snow
neighbors lawn service valentine's day heart

Mar 16, 2009 - Junipers need cutting too Jun 23, 2009 - Mr. Grass chats about weeds with TruGreen
Juniper cleanup tru green

Apr 11, 2010 - Washing the family cars Apr 15, 2011 - FedEx delivers an iPad - WOOT!
washing cars fed ex delivery

Jun 10, 2011 - Many "creatures" show up on the webcam! Sep/2011 - Mr. Grass had Cataract Surgery
moth on webcam cataract surgery

Yep, it really looks like this on Halloween! Mr. Grass w/warewolf all viewable via halloween webcam! ;-)
Halloween Halloween Closeup

Halloween is the warmup for Christmas Decorations! Mr. Grass taking everything down via the christmas webcam! ;-)
christmas Christmas Cleanup

Apr 11, 2012 - Mr. Grass with the Toro Lawn Mower
toro lawn mower toro lawn mower closeup

Apr 12, 2012 - Mr. Grass gets a new trash can! Apr 13 & Aug 28, 2012 - Tru Green in action
new trash can Tru Green stops by

May 9, 2012 - Giant asphalt machine - bad for grass! May 22, 2013 - Super exciting closeup of Garabage pickup
giant asphalt machine Garbage truck

Jul 16, 2013 - UPS makes a delivery to Mr. Grass Sep 25, 2013 - Lawn Mower sometimes smokes on start
UPS brings package lawn mower smoke>

Mr. Grass turns 50 - how many grass years is that?!? ;-) Oct 2, 2013 - drinking a Dos Equis after mowing the lawn
most interesting man Dos Equis

Christmas/2013 at night and during the day
christmas 2013 christmas trash

Apr 5, 2014 - Mr. Grass laying down some fertillizer May 31, 2014 - Composite image of skateboard dude
fertilizer Alfa Romeo

Jun 10, 2015 - The Grass is really green in the Spring July 11, 2015 - Mr. Grass waves to the WGG watchers
lawn looking good green lawn looking green closeup

Apr 1st, 2016 - Convertible waiting for the Mail Truck The Incredible HULKmobile for the July 4th parade
convertible mail truck hulk parade

Sep 14th, 2016 - Trash Man is big fan of WGG! Apr 7th, 2017 - road resurfacing
trash man fan road resurface

School bus driving through fog & hail
fog school bus hail

May 5th, 2017 - mowing & fertilizing the lawn ... May 18th, 2017 - and then a late snow!
mowing fertilizing late snow

"Crazy old subruban dad" wears a purple skirt (first and probably last time!) for 9News feature
hulk hands Mr. Grass mowing

Aug 9th, 2017 - Dethatcher is my latest lawn tool Aug 21st, 2017 - Total Solar Eclipse!!!
detacher solar eclipse

Oct 22nd, 2017 - Fall raking of the leaves Dec 6th, 2017 - Wednesday, trash day, is a highlight at WGG!
mow leaves trash cans

Jan 21st, 2018 - Snowblower is used for heavier snows Feb 20th, 2018 - Shoveling the driveway for my wife
snowblower shovel snow

Apr 25th, 2018 - Mowing, Edging, and Dethatching May 18th, 2018 - A bird watches Mr. Grass mow the lawn
mowing, edging, dethatching mower with robin

Aug 10th, 2018 - Composite image of Fed Ex delivering new webcam Aug 12th, 2018 - Giving the new webcam an "eye test" - it's a LOT better!
FedEx composite new camera

Aug 26th, 2018 - Moon Shadows look quite cool with new webcam Aug 29th, 2018 - Some really stinky trash!
moon shadows stinky trash

Stats/History/About WGG

If you want to express your excitement over growing grass, send an Email to "Mr.Grass" followed by the domainname. If you are a spammer, he'll send his weeds back to 'ya and you'll have 'em for life! Here's the WGG privacy policy. WGG ©2005-2024

Grassy HTML to add "watching grass grow" to your web site!
Read and/or make grassy/weedy comments on the grass blog
Thank you Philipp for the WGG logo

The Watching Grass Grow domain was registered on May 28th, 2005 and went live sometime shortly after that.
The Grass Blog was started June 19th, 2006 and averages over a 1,000 comments/year.
The Custom Home Construction Cam was online from July/2006 to May/2007 - movie
In Spring/2008 (and also in 2010 & 2011), the Birdcam was active keeping an eye on some House Finches.
It was pretty darn cute watching real-time as the babies hatched and grew ...
But real sad when a Colorado Blue Jay swooped in and grabbed the finch chicks. :-(

The first camera was D-Link DCS-6620G wireless webcam (704x480 resolution!) that actually was mounted inside my Master Bedroom ... looking out! In late/2011, it was upgraded to a Vivotek FD8362 dome (1920x1080 and much better IQ and low light capability) which was placed outside - see pics below. I maintained the 704x480 aspect ratio (cropped a 1408x960 image and then resized) for the website. On August 15th, 2018, I upgraded to a Hikvision DS-2CD5526G0-IZHS which was another big improvement in image quality and low light capability ... plus went bigger on the website with 1280x720 images. - read more about the testing here. Maybe in a couple of years, I'll upgrade to 4K - or even 8K - so you can see individual blades of grass! ;-)

For those interested in stats: In 2006, 7,616,346 images were taken of the growing grass and viewed by 441,530 unique IP's. And the Grass was cut 19 times using a couple gallons of gasoline!
In 2007, there were 322,238 unique IP's that watched grass grow ... I guess not as popular ... :-(
In 2008, there was 329,269 unique IP's, 309,545 in 2009, 298,240 (2010), 260,757 (2011), 288,038 (2012), 503,537(!) in 2013, 428,851 (2014), 498,875 (2015), 333,360 (2016), 379,520(2017), 374,889 (2018), 261,366 (2019), 231,364(2020), 214,510 (2021), 181,402 (2022), and 137,708 in 2023 - check out a Google Map of the visitors!

Needless to say, my Comcastic residential Internet connection would not support all the people who want to watch grass grow ... so the the video feed is rebroadcast via a GigaBit web server (rather than a direct connection to my house) hosted at Softlayer TailorMadeServers, so it can support lots of viewers.

Watching Grass Grow has been providing (uhhh) "entertainment" for web surfers around the world since 2005. I stopped keeping track around 2010 (but see the Blog for notable mentions) but here are a few examples from the early years:

Other misc. sites include CollegeHumor ("Literally, the most boring website in the world") - DIGG - Daspace ("now im addicted to it") - Earthcam - EBaumsworld ("most amazing thing on the 7 internets , Wow, that grass looks good") - MajorGeeks - PearlDrummers ("Amazing. Wow. That is truly the coolest page on the Internet") - SomethingAwful ("I have found what I am going to do all day. Best webcam ever. I cannot contain myself, this is the most exciting thing I've ever witnessed. Very suspensful.") - Ultimate Guitar ("That's the most pathetic lawn i've ever seen, no wonder only 424 people are watching it ...") - Xgren ("I'd rather watch snails slither")

Radio Station Commentaries:

  • "The most boring website ever" from Roger & JP at WBAB, Long Island, NY
  • "Watch Grass Grow" (original, 'eh?) from Boris & Sarah at WRRV, Hudson Valley, NY
  • "Watch Grass Grow.com" (even more original, 'eh?) from Daniel & Webster at Rock107 in Northeast PA.

BrightBlueBeetle's blog post is titled "The grass is always greener on the other side of the Internet" and goes on to say "This is the type of horticultural voyeurism I know everyone.s been waiting for. Catch a glimpse of a sexy lawnmower, or maybe someone fetching the paper in the morning in their underwear. Exciting stuff I know." Well said!!!!

FacePunchStudies has a lengthy thread with coments such as "very exciting & intense ... best thread on FP ... the grass moved a pixel oh God this is so exciting ... this s*it is off the f*cking charts ... most epic website ever ... words cannot express the awesomeness ... this image says it all!")

Posting #821 in the grass blog says: "I've cancelled my Netflix.. Showtime and HBO... Who needs all that... When you can Watch Grass Grow!"

Laughing City summerizes it well where some dude named Dan raves about watching grass grow in the forum discussion - Paul responds that:
this just shows how exciting Dan's life is.
Is he out partying? No...
Is he out meeting girls?- No...
Is he doing anything constructive at all?- No
He's introducing us all to the ever eventful world of WATCHING FREAKING GRASS GROW Laughing
good Job Dan Laughing

The follow-on response to Paul is:
is paul out partying? no
is paul out meeting girls? no
is he doing anything constructive at all? nope
is he, instead, commenting on someone that posted a live feed of a lawn? yes!!

KidEdibleGareth says: "I actually visit watching grass grow daily to meditate"

My two all-time favorite grass pictures



LOL Media reporting on Watching Grass Grow

breaking news

There can be a few weeds at WGG

big weeds

The Incredible HULKmobile at WGG! ;-)

hulk car

A couple of videos - see complete list since 2014 on Youtube

Lots more pictures, videos, and stories on the Grass Blog
Also see the Blog archives for:
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2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015
2016 - 2017 - 2018 - 2019 - 2020
2021 - 2022 - 2023