Thursday, November 4, 2010

Think It Over: lawns.

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.


  1. the fan letter. When I was little my parents owned the side lot next to our home. My Dad spent $500 on fireworks, in the 1950's, and shot them off in that side yard. My mother grew flowers. Not one vegetable plant. She was raised on a farm and sick of growing crops I guess. Anyway, the whole neighborhood came to our house on the 4th of July.
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

  2. My ideal yard is any yard that surrounds a home full of happy people....and, as always, I'm sure my response is off-topic :)

  3. My mom-in-law uses her weeds for the same thing.
    My ideal yard would be a field with a pony. :)

  4. Nancy-- your mom sounds like a friend of ours. He was raised on a farm by a father who had no tolerance for flowers. Our friend now grows some of the most beautiful peonies I've ever seen!

    Mohamed-- I think you're right on the money. :)

    MT-- I've always wanted a pony! The closest we ever got was a foul-tempered donkey...

  5. My hubby likes everything short and neat and tidy, I'm more the wild sprawling cottage garden meadow type. LOL!

  6. My ideal lawn is large and sprawling with trees to shade it and squirrels and dogs and people.


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