This past weekend, I went for a long early-morning walk in my extended neighborhood. Birds chirped, trees cascaded, and shrubs glistened with morning dew. There was a bounty of flourishing flowers complete with the occasional bee and weeds graced almost every lawn.
Yes, I love to see weeds in yards! And, I hate to see those little flags that indicate that chemicals have been sprayed. This might have something to do with the fact that it has been estimated that Americans use more pesticides to care for their lawns than they do to grow food!
It takes grit to retreat from a long, hard battle waged against a weedy lawn. But, consider surrendering, especially if you use pesticides as your primary source of defense. Not only will you save money, effort and time, you will be improving the environment. As I have mentioned before, pesticides are harmful, particularly to children and pets.
If you are afraid of what the neighbors will think, go for a walk. You will find, as I have, that many are treating their lawns “green” and embracing the weeds.
Thank you to everyone who isn't using pesticides on your lawn — you are leading the way toward a greener North Canton!