I do not want a perfect lawn

I get sort of squeamish when I take a walk in the neighborhood that I work in and see so many people with pesticide application tags on their lawns. Last year, I was equally squeamish about all of the sprinklers running to try to keep the grass looking perfect and lush, despite the drought. I guess I just don’t get it! We let our grass dry out and after a couple of rains it was totally green again. This year, you can’t even tell. To me, if you’re going to use a valuable resource (water), use it for something of equal value – like growing food!

I guess what I’m trying to say is that a perfect lawn is not at all a priority of ours. Our lawn is weedy – there are dandelions, wild clover, violets, plantains, and veronica interspersed with the actual grass.

While I hate having to dig dandelions out of the garden, I’d rather spend an hour once in awhile digging them up than have to fuss so much with spraying weed killer. Not to mention the fact that I just don’t feel great about having that stuff near plants that I’m going to eat…

Case in point, I come across a lot of creeping Veronica in our yard. I try to pull it out of the garden, but other than that I mostly let it grow. The bees love it, and I can’t say that it’s an ugly plant by any means.

Now come on, who doesn’t agree with me that it looks pretty?



One Comment to “I do not want a perfect lawn”

  1. I could not agree more. I have 4 acres and we have allowed a couple portions to just go wild. The idea of living on a golf course makes no sense to me.

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