It's that time of year again. Homeowners are watching the forecasts and nodding sagely. "Yep. Looks like one more mow before we're done for the year."
Lawns are a big deal to a lot of people. The people in our City Hall are downright rabid about the subject. If your grass gets too far past the crewcut stage, you get a "fan" letter. If you ignore the fan letter, you get a fine.
I've never met anyone who ignored the fine.
I'm in favor of a tidy yard, but I rarely get excited over huge tracts of grass. I laughed at the lawn-care specialist who offered, for a hefty fee, to rid my yard of those "unsightly weeds". He seemd downright horrified when I announced that I make tea from those "weeds" in order to avoid all manner of annoying ailments.
Haven't seen the dude since...
There's a large empty lot next to our place, and it gets mowed on a regular basis. It's for sale, and in another life, I'd have plunked down the cash. In another life, I'd be wealthy and free from property tax, too.
Anyhow, the land. I have this vision in my head of what an empty lot should be, and an extended lawn is not it. In the middle of the lot, there would be a gazebo surrounded by roses. Flagstone paths would radiate out in several directions, enclosing raised beds. These beds would be loaned out to folks in the neighborhood for growing vegetables.
A community garden and gathering place. That's MY ideal lawn. What's yours? Think it over.