Let's Talk Grass
Let’s talk grass… and I don’t mean the stuff you can roll up & smoke either. As I fired up the lawn tractor for the first time this season I felt weary – weary because I knew that the weekly battle had arrived. For some reason us Canadians love our lawns…but let’s face it, creating a perfectly manicured yard is time consuming & expensive. Honestly, just think about all the hours we’ve spent cutting, sweeping, watering, fertilizing and weeding. And even after all of that hard work, it’ll likely look nice for a day or two. By the time we head to the fridge, grab ourselves a cold one and put our feet up to enjoy the wonder of our efforts it’s probably time to start planning the next round. Those of you who might be saying things like “But I love the smell of freshly cut grass” have clearly not had to spend 5+ hours at a time bouncing around on an unforgiving lawn tractor. Thinking that there just had to be a better alternative I started researching and discovered “no mow” yard possibilities (seriously, look it up!). These are gaining a lot of attention and for good reason. Focusing on function over form & really considering the use of your lawn is key. Is it a family gathering spot? Do you use it for play & recreation? Do you like to picnic and just lay out in the grass? Do you need a place for children & pets to play? If yes, then you undeniably have need for some lawn. But if it’s just a place to admire and only walk/ride on when you’re mowing, then maybe not. Maybe consider incorporating play areas, seating areas, flowerbeds or vegetable gardens. Rather than having a pristine carpet that remains as empty as a formal dining room, why not focus on creating a yard where the real living happens?