Earth Day

Day 35: Only one earth
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Today is Earth Day.  I won’t be doing much of anything to celebrate or contribute.  Which isn’t to say that I don’t think it’s important.  It’s just that I try to do things every day that are good for the planet.  I recycle.  I drive one very fuel efficient car, and the other car isn’t bad for a mini-van.  I try to walk to places when I can.  I use earth friendly cleaning products.  I vote for people who want to end global warming.

Yesterday, I happened on this New York Times opinion piece about letting the lawn go.  I can really get behind that.  If I could reasonably grow a meadow without feeling guilty, I would. Our yard is by no means the worst on the block, but opposite us is a guy that, I swear, goes out with tiny little clippers to make every blade of grass completely even.  As Wright says, I don’t have time for that, and it’s convenient that being lazy is the best way to accomplish an earth-friendly yard.  Most people, my neighbor included, use chemicals to get their lawns into golf course shape, chemicals that are bad for the earth.  There are organic means of getting your lawn looking good, but it takes a lot more time, time that most of my neighbors don’t have.  So they have nice lawns but aren’t putting the same effort in as the guy on the corner.  His is spectacular while theirs are merely above average.

So, my Earth Day contribution is to not do anything to the lawn. Not that I was going to, but now it’s a goal.

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One Reply to “Earth Day”

  1. Sore spot. We did let our lawn go, for six years, through a deep drought, and we were fine with it. Until there were tiny whispers of new-job-elsewhere, and we looked at our house, and realized that we were doing an okay job keeping up the interior value, but we had totally screwed up on the curb appeal. Weed invasions, overgrown everything, and that lawn.

    It’s just something we didn’t consider — if you buy a house in a particular neighborhood, yes, you CAN let it go — but only for so long as you plan on living there yourself.

    We are going to have to take a couple of years and set aside our organic principals to re-create something of a lawn. It won’t be weed-free and it certainly won’t be perfect, but it has to be more in line with the neighbors so we can re-sell if we need to.

    It’s a depressing thought.

    My next house is going to have a postage-sized lawn and lots of drought-resistant native garden beds.

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