When we first moved to the ‘burbs we had a beautiful manicured lawn. The people who lived here before us obviously took great care to treat the lawn with chemicals to kill dandelions and other broadleaf “weeds”. We didn’t for the first couple of years. But then the treatments must have worn off because those yellow flowers starting showing up and we felt compelled to join our neighbors in the spring ritual of treating our lawns. There were no dandelions but there were also no violets or clover. No bees. And then the toads disappeared. Before treating we had a healthy population of them around our house and garden, busily doing their job to reduce the bug population. That’s when I said enough, no more treatment. Let the neighbors give us the evil eye.
Now we have what I call a “natural” lawn. We keep it mowed of course, but we have a healthy crop of clover and a rabbit has moved in. The toads have returned. We have birds eating worms, we have lightning bugs and butterflies and bees. Our lawn is naturally fertilized by grass clippings and mulched fall leaves. The clover is filling in some bare spots where I haven’t been able to get grass to grow. I can’t wait for the clover to fill in even more. Did you ever walk barefoot across a clover lawn? It’s like walking on silk it’s so soft. Violets have always been one of my favorite flowers. They were the first bouquets my sister and I picked for our mom.
Yes we have dandelions and crabgrass. But it’s all green. When I look at my lawn I feel happy. And I know the critters that live there are too.