Saturday, June 11, 2011

A man is defined by his land, or is it his land to begin with?

We are probably the dumbest folks on our block. We cancelled our lawn care service.

Everyone else have beautiful shaped and cured lawns radiant with a chemical green in this heat of the summer. Ours are slowly dominated by invasive species and some fortunate native plants. I cancelled the chemical treatments because I felt I had an obligation to figure out how to reshape this piece of land I am to care for. Native plants would be ideal. I will have to learn and do something about those invasive ones. At the very least, it’s one of those DIY opportunities that I often get to experiment with how I envision nature should be. . .

Yes, that is vain of me. But it could lead to a few points if I am to get this house certified with LEED.

I had asked Lawn Pride if they have any environmentally friendly products; or something at least with no phosphorus. I was always told with an ambiguous no, they claim my yard need all of that synthetic crap that ends up polluting nearby waters. I don’t mind the sales call, but at least hear what I have to say and don't assume what you are doing is right just because you have been doing the same thing for years.

Don’t get me wrong, I have no clue how to go about to cure my lawn either. Some would argue at least the Lawn Pride guys are “professionals” with some "professional knowledge." I’m just some schmuck who thinks fertilizers and pesticides are bad for the environment.

Well, at least the privilege of being a steward to my part of earth’s land is that I get to choose how I should care for the land. Living in a free country entitles me to that at least.

But could it be that I am over reacting and this whole thing is pointless? After all, Lawn Pride has been using this stuff for tens of years without problems.Who am I to argue what they are doing isn't right for planet earth?

Sure. Fairy tales are fairy tales. But they are my fairy tales. I get to decide how or who should botch the story lines.  

According to the Hoosier Environmental Council, over fertilizing could lead to dangerous algae blooms due to phosphorus run-offs. These algae are air-borne at times and can kill fishes and cause dermatitis, liver damage, or even neurological problems in humans. I have seen the small pond near our house, next to a K-6 school. It always has a strange algae presence.

I don’t mean to overreact, but the thought of neurological problems for kids scares the shit out of me.

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