In an effort to find people who fit our culture here at MOM’s, we just got done writing a very cool employment ad. Among various traits, we’re looking for people who “don’t understand why people care so much about their lawns.” 🙂
I was reading a report that came out a couple weeks ago in the Post that says that the chemicals put on people’s lawns are the biggest polluter of the Chesapeake Bay.
I have a lawn, if you want to call it that…
I think my lawn is 2 parts grass and 1 part weeds. My lawn isn’t looking very green right now, but it’ll get there in a couple of weeks. In the summer, even though I never water my lawn, it’s usually the greenest in the neighborhood. I suppose that’s because the weeds in it are drought/heat resistant.
When I was a kid, my dad used to use all sorts of chemicals on his lawn. He died when I was 17. It became my job to care for the lawn. I never put any chemicals on it. I just mowed it on the “mulch” setting- leaves and all. My mom’s neighbor came to me a couple of years after I took over and said to me- “Scotty- no disrespect to Al (my dad), but you must be doing something right, because the grass is looking better than it ever has!”
I love mowing my lawn with my electric mower. To me, mowing is Zenful- it brings me to a meditative state and, along with the good cardio I get while mowing, I get the satisfaction of seeing my accomplishments right before my eyes. I get some of my best ideas while mowing the lawn. By mowing, I also like to set an example for my kids- trying to instill a work ethic.
I’m starting to let some trees grow up in my lawn. I’ve planted some oaks- and some tulip poplar seeds have taken root and actually reached about 20′ high in 5-6 short years.
Out of consideration for my neighbors who don’t want dandelions in their yards (and I’d rather not give them a reason to spray), I’ve been manually removing the sprouting dandelions these past few days. I respect dandelions for their tenacity! If it was up to me, I’d let them grow and dot my lawn with their bright yellow flowers.
I mulch the leaves and grass into my lawn and then I take hundreds of worms from my compost pile and put them in my lawn just after sunset.
One day years ago while I was mowing, my late ex-neighbor who founded the SuperLawns company stopped his car to tell me that most people cut their lawns too short- and that cutting on the highest setting helps eliminate weeds and keeps your grass more healthy.
My lawn is my friend- and in addition to the benefits above- I’ve got a bunch of kids who use the yard a lot. I suppose I care a lot about my lawn, but I care about the Bay much more- which is why I won’t use chemicals on my lawn.