The Quest for Garden Perfection

On this April Fool’s Day, let’s not be Gardening Fools, shall we?

Where I garden, in central Connecticut, it’s still pretty cold. In fact, over the weekend and into early next week, they’re predicting snow in some amounts from flurries to a few inches perhaps. So it’s really too early to do much “gardening.”

But that hasn’t stopped my neighbors (who as you know by now, I like to use as regular examples of Gardening Fools).

Last Sunday, my next door neighbor was mowing his lawn–on Easter–on his tractor.  I can still see the mud ruts he left because our heavy clay soil is far too wet to be thinking about doing anything in, never mind compacting with a tractor! And he wonders why his lawn is a mass of weeds, does he? Scraping it at inappropriate times of the year has a funny way of leading to bad consequences. Try not to follow his behavior.

He will then douse that same lawn in so many chemicals that he has actually killed some of my plants with the drift. Please don’t be that type of Gardening Fool, okay? If you practice good garden practices to begin with, you can vastly eliminate the need to kill your abutting neighbor’s plants!

Finally, a little further down the block, another neighbor is already out with the crabgrass preventer. I only happened to notice it by pellets he left lying on the pavement (and the chemical smell as I walked by with the dog).

Please, if you are going to be a home applicator, try to not coat the street in front of your home with noxious chemical fertilizers. It’s bad enough that those of us that walk dogs have to dodge and weave all season long to try to avoid the Chem-lawn (excuse me, Tru-Green) coated lawns that we are warned against.

But to have to avoid pellets in the street–which are then washed into the storm drains and therefore our waterways–is really asking too much of us. Don’t be this type of Gardening Fool! Keep your fertilizers–of whatever type–on your lawns and in your beds, please.

On Monday I’ll talk about what I’d love to see in lawns–the beloved Freedom Lawn. In this election year, what could be more patriotic?

 

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