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Small Rant on Lawns

Domestic lawns bother me. Not the little patch of grass type lawn. No. I mean the huge swaths of green that is manicured and sprayed within an inch of its life. Sure it looks nice, but I do not care for them in any way, shape or form. I sound like I have a vendetta against grass, but that is not the case. Yes, I prefer flowers, ground covers and hardscaping and I prefer lawns to just be and not have them mimic a football field.

My ire of lawns has come about due to the care they require. Most people near me use lawn services like Tru Green and that is where my rant starts.

Last week I was sitting in my son's playroom with the windows wide open when a foul chemical smell hit me. I raced to close the windows and headed out onto my porch to see the little TruGreen truck down the street.

Shit.

All this talk about pesticides and the damage it does to people and animals, hello, bee colony collapses, somehow has evaded being cared about among the "I need a perfect lawn" community.

I do not understand the desire to have a perfect lawn that will never be used. No one lays out there, no one picnics, no one runs through their lawn, except little kids. I must be mindful as to where my kid decides to run because the companies put signs up that say do not allow kids or pets on/near these just sprayed lawns for 72 hours. Aces. Is the perfect lawn all about curb appeal? Probably and if that is your thing, who am I to say anything, but there are other ways to make your property look nice and not need serious poisons.
I am not completely insane, if you have an estate, large house or McMansion, lawns are part of the deal, but there have to be better things to use to maintain that lushness one so desires.

As for my own lawn, it would most likely be considered a crappy lawn. Filled with violets, clover and random grasses, it is not a lush green nor is it weed free and that is fine by me. Bees feed off my clover, but when that pesticide is taken into the air and brought five houses down to my abode, well shit, you are messing with my small piece of pesticide free land man. I want to yell out the comical "Get Off My Lawn!" at the pesticides not people. :)

I seriously feel like The Lorax about this.




Of course I doubt anyone will give a rat's butt what I think, but can't we embrace a little clover in our lawns and a little less pesticides?


Cheers!
MissFifi




Comments

  1. Amen!

    Someone I know has a bit of land a little farther out in the country; unfortunately she lives next to a farm that grows soybeans, and they spray like crazy there, and she posts on FB her frustration with the chemicals. I do think a lot of people are beginning to see the light. Just this summer, Toledo Ohio residents couldn't use the water due to high algae blooms in a part of Lake Erie - mostly from farm run-off.

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    1. I had heard about the algae blooms. Seriously though, at some point this abuse of Mother Nature is going to bite is back hard in the tush.

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