One responsibility of being a homeowner is keeping a clean, well-manicured yard.
I had to read that line a few times to see if I agreed with it in any way, and I have to say, I just don’t. (Although I do agree with some of the writer’s other tips, which I have listed below).
My personal opinion is that landscapes should NOT be forced into being well-manicured. In fact, I don’t believe that anyone else should try to tell a person what their yard should or shouldn’t look like at all, unless it is just a dangerous eyesore.
I think that leaves should be allowed to lay where they fall to provide nutrients to the soil and cover for crawling critters. I think that plants should be allowed to go to seed to provide food for passing birds. I think piles of rotting compost should be perfectly acceptable in any yard. And like the wild, uninhibited residents of DC who participated in the 4th Annual No Pants Metro Ride this year, I think that native plants should be allowed to do their own thing in the garden.
If there is any “should-ing” to be done when it comes to gardens, I think that people should pay a little bit more attention to keeping poisons out of their yard and not wasting water and protecting our waterways. But when it comes to how you manicure your share of the earth, and what you wear when you do it, there really shouldn’t be any shoulding about it.
Excerpts from Green Yard Care Tips with my links added.
1) The author suggests that you ditch the lawn crew. Instead, I suggest that you find an eco-friendly one.
2) Use natural fertilizers and weed killers. Use natural pesticides and other insect prevention methods.
3) Make your own compost.
4) Do you use a gasoline lawnmower? If so, consider ways to offset that carbon footprint.
5) Understand the climate and what is best, naturally, for your yard.