Recently I heard a knock at my front door and when I answered the door the conversation went like this.
guy dressed in a uniform: “Hello ma’am, I am working in the neighborhood and I thought I would stop by and give you information about my company. I can help you with this clover patch in your front yard.”
me: (I immediately recognize the uniform, they have stopped at my house many times before) “Thank you for noticing my yard, but we don’t treat our lawn.(obviously) I have kids and a dog(well, we had a dog, but he doesn’t need to know that) and I don’t want the harmful chemicals in our yard. I also don’t want the harmful chemicals running off into the water basin.”
guy dressed in a uniform: “Our products are completely safe. We treat the lawns of some local day cares. We just ask that you wait about 1-2 hours after an application before you walk or play in the yard. Did you know that clover attracts bees?”
me: “Why no I didn’t know that, but we are not interested. Thank you anyways.”
guy in uniform: “Thank you and have a good day.”
The above conversation was very polite and the lawn man was courteous and took my “no thanks” well and went on the the next house with a disastrous yard. These guys have stopped by before. They no doubt are in the neighborhood treating lawns, I see the trucks quite a bit and many of our neighbors have beautiful lawns without a single clover or bee. I know that some of the neighbors do the lawn care themselves too.
As much as I would love a beautiful, lush lawn, we decline these promotional offers for several reasons:
- Like I told the guy in the uniform, we have kids and at one time a dog and I don’t like the chemicals on the yard. My kids are outside playing all summer long, I have a hard time believing that the chemicals aren’t harmful.
- Water run off. After a rain, the water runs off the treated yard, down the street and into the water pipes, and, in our case, eventually reaching the Chesapeake.
- Bees are good for my garden.
- Finally…money. As much as I would love a beautiful, lush lawn devoid of weeds, I am not willing to pay for it. Some of our neighbors try to save money by treating the lawn themselves with products that can be bought in a store, but, for me, also see #1 and #2.
Our approach to lawn care has been:
- My husband mows when the lawn needs mowed. With all of the rain we have had in the northeast this summer, he has mowed about once a week.
- He usually lets the grass clippings lay, although I have read that is not a good idea when your yard is pretty weedy, regardless the clippings remain on the ground.
- ………..ahhh that’s it.
Good news about my clover mess, in my search on-line, apparently clover is not a weed and is actually good for your lawn, so THERE, mister guy in uniform!
Do you treat your lawn chemically, organically or not at all?
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