Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Maybe We Need ChemLawn?

Chicklet6 just burst in from outdoors with a bouquet of dandelions
in her fist and a delighted smile on her face.

"Mom, it's so exciting! We have lots of honey flowers [clover]
and lots of dandelions...

...and they're only in OUR YARD!"

(Photo credit: Ann Rinkenberger, www.flickr.com/photos/picturesbyann)


Heather said...

After you thank Chicklet, teach her how to blow the white dandelion fluff into the neighbor's yard ;)

Papa Bear said...

My in-laws used to live in a neighborhood where they were the only ones who didn't use a lawn service. Everyone else's lawn was perfectly trimmed, edged, and in order. Not a blade too tall or out of place. Reminds me of some churches I've visited. Most of the neighbors had to mow several times a week. I think one guy must have vacuumed his lawn at night, it was so perfect.

Of course, most of the time, one or more lawns sported little signs warning you to keep animals and children off the grass because of the toxic chemicals. Not that the owner's kids or pets were ever encouraged to play on the lawn—they might damage it. Even in the middle of a drought, all the other lawns were an unnatural green.

I usually volunteered to mow whenever we visited, because I know how much my FIL hates that job. Whenever the neighbors passed his lawn, they were outwardly smiling, but inwardly glaring at it. It might not have been perfect, and might have been the source of most the dandelions on the block, but the kids could actually play on it.

So the question I have to ask is, "Are you raising grass, or are you raising kids?"