I have NEVER understood the obsession with lawns, but I do know that it’s completely gone over the edge. I know from experience that a well-kept lawn is like heaven for barefeet, but I’ll be honest – a lawn without dandelions looks downright bizarre in my opinion. Perhaps it’s because I know that the only way to avoid the silly little yellow flowers is using nasty chemicals?
Yesterday, as I was taking my afternoon walk, there were THREE different people out with weedwackers, cutting down the edge of the sidewalk. IT’S ONLY APRIL 16TH! How much could there possibly be? Following behind two of the edge trimmers were two people blowing the tiny bits of grass off the sidewalk with leafblowers. Noisy, fumey, & just unnecessary.
I grew up on a good hunk of land. To mow the lawn required a riding lawn mower; no doubt about it. We also used a lot of for pasture, & that was only mowed 3-4 times a summer. Personally, I would have liked to see more of it left to wildflowers & such, but that was out of my hands. (Hi Dad!)
But how many people do you see riding on a mower when they could probably use a push mower just as easily? Do you use a gas-powered mower when really, you could use a manual one?
Do you use any sort of chemicals to get rid of weeds? To help your grass grow?
Do you water your lawn?
Do you mow your lawn simply because you think you’re neighbors will notice that it’s two inches longer than theirs?
Do you see where I’m going with this?
Good. Consider your summer challenge the following: STOP mowing your lawn so often. STOP using chemicals. THROW AWAY your leaf blower. EMBRACE the lawn clippings on your sidewalks, driveways, or otherwise. DITCH the sprinklers. USE a manual lawn mower if you can. Let a bit of it go wild; plant some tall grass or flowers. STOP OBSESSING OVER YOUR LAWN.
You’ll save time, space, & money, help preserve ground water quality, give the birds some material for their nests, maybe get a good workout in, & let nature take her course. & who cares what the neighbors think anyway?