Green Grass

Happy Earth Day!  

We have a lawn, well it is kind of a lawn. It’s green some of the time. When we cleared out the trees to make room to build the house it was Fall before we got around to sort of smoothing out the dirt.  The next spring we were just too busy in the greenhouse to worry about a manicured lawn.  So what we have is natural woodsy grass, whatever was here before naturally is what we have now.  We do not water it, if it rains fine, if it doesn’t that’s fine too, it just grows slower or goes dormant.  That is what grass does naturally. We don’t weed and feed it either, we let the grass clippings lay, and some of the leaf duff..a natural form of fertilization.  We don’t want to add to the weed and feed run-off any where near the lake.  Unlike our neighbors that are right on the lake, they weed and feed and have automatic sprinkler systems and perfectly manicured lawns. They are also perfect polluters…

Sometimes I think I am the last person around with common sense.  I am happy that I don’t have to explain for the umpteenth time..if you weed and feed your lawn, DO NOT compost your grass clippings.  Whatever you use that compost for, filling pots, gardens whatever…will not thrive.  I don’t care how good of a plant you buy, if you stick it’s roots in weed and feed it is going to croak.  Beware of all compost at Landfills, who knows who has been using what.  Why even purchase plants if you can’t afford a bag of potting soil. 

I like Green Grass just as much as the next person…I just refuse to add to the already over polluted environment:(

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3 Responses to Green Grass

  1. buffalogal says:

    Farside, I commend you for your natural lawn near a lake; that is how lawns by lakes should all be!
    I have cringed,(especially on Pelican Lake in Ottertail Co.) at what has happened to once beautiful clear clean lakes from lawn fertilizers and sprinkling (goes right into the lake water) plus the long term effects of septic tanks for so many years when the “manure” went right thru the sandy lake soil and into the water. We have some near-dead lakes that used to be so pristine. Thanks alot to the city dwellers who had to recreate their in-town lawns. Bah! Humbug!
    Kudos to you Farside for not giving in to “keeping up with the (Lake) Joneses!!!!

  2. Abra La Mente says:

    I also commend you. I live in town on lakeshore property. We had a few neighbors for a while that thought they needed to fertilize, and were mad at us because they thought our “weeds” would spread to them. I didn’t want my children, and now pets, playing in chemicals. I also didn’t see a need to add chemicals to the environment. Call me sentimental, but I happen to like dandelions, too…reminds me of the days we would rub them on our nose & call it “butter.” Oh for simpler times.

    Anyway, most of our current neighbors are like minded, so the lawns around us are now much more natural.

  3. Far Side of Fifty says:

    Thank you B Gal and Abra, I tend to be a little opinionated on some subjects…I like the dandelions too! It used to be, that we weren’t allowed barefoot till the Dandy’s were out!

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