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God and Grass

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*Subject:* GOD'S THOUGHTS ON LAWNS

GOD: Frank, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there on the planet? What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistle and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect, no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But all I see are these green rectangles.

ST. FRANCIS: It's the tribes that settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers "weeds" and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.

GOD: Grass? But it's so boring. It's not colorful. It doesn't attract butterflies, birds and bees, only grubs and sod worms. It's sensitive to temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?

ST. FRANCIS: Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. They begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.

GOD: The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy.

ST. FRANCIS: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it - sometimes twice a week.

GOD: They cut it? Do they then bail it like hay?

ST. FRANCIS: Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

GOD: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?

ST. FRANCIS: No Sir. Just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.

GOD: Now let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will grow. And when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?

ST. FRANCIS: Yes, Sir.

GOD: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and save them a lot of work.

ST. FRANCIS: You aren't going to believe this Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

GOD: What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. Plus, as they rot, the leaves form compost to enhance the soil. It's a natural circle of life.

ST. FRANCIS: You better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.

GOD: No. What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter and to keep the soil moist and loose?

ST. FRANCIS: After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

GOD: And where do they get this mulch?

ST. FRANCIS: They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.

GOD: Enough. I don't want to think about this anymore. St. Catherine, you're in charge of the arts. What movie have you scheduled for us?

ST.CATHERINE: Dumb and Dumber, Lord. It's a really stupid movie about ...

GOD: Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis.

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Around here suburbanites have acres of grass lawn. With our abundant rainfall and sunshine it grows faster than they can cut it. A riding lawnmower costs $2000 to $5000 or more. Crazy.

Some people hire mow-and-blow services, not cheap. What amazes me is that home owners in many yuppie ghettos aren't allowed to grow a vegetable garden. Sad how people have lost touch with nature. Instead of foundation plantings, I have blueberries around my house. They are loaded down with fruit right now. I also grow muscadine grapes, pears, other edibles, and lots of native trees and wildflowers. But my bumblebees have gone missing! 

Oh, dear, what have we done to our beautiful planet?

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On 5/25/2015, 4:11:25, grav said:

Around here suburbanites have acres of grass lawn. With our abundant rainfall and sunshine it grows faster than they can cut it. A riding lawnmower costs $2000 to $5000 or more. Crazy.

Some people hire mow-and-blow services, not cheap. What amazes me is that home owners in many yuppie ghettos aren't allowed to grow a vegetable garden. Sad how people have lost touch with nature. Instead of foundation plantings, I have blueberries around my house. They are loaded down with fruit right now. I also grow muscadine grapes, pears, other edibles, and lots of native trees and wildflowers. But my bumblebees have gone missing! 

Oh, dear, what have we done to our beautiful planet?

I've got lots of grass here but no lawn. The goats eat most of it but where they aren't allowed (near the fruit trees and bushes) I cut it with a scythe and use it for mulch on the garden. Later this year I'm replacing the sod around the fruit trees with comfrey, so that will be another area of grass replaced with something useful. 

 

I always think of the US as a huge food producer but that pales compares to its lawn production.

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Ahh, Lily, I see you're into permaculture. Or at least edible landscaping. Awesome!

My blueberries are loaded with fruit now. My Mexican plums, which always bear beaucoup fruit, have none. Plums ditto. Pears have a fraction of what they should. Mayhaws, zilch.

And I bet you know why. I'm organic and don't use pesticides, so where are my native bumblebees? I let clover grow pretty much wherever it wants. I mow around it if bees are present. That is totally unnecessary now. There aren't any, not enough to pollinate.

I suspect it might be because of all the honeybee hives people are putting in. When their bees die, they replace them. But by then the European honeybees have introduced mites and diseases into wild bee habitat and no one is replacing them. I should have more butterflies too. Wasp numbers seem to be lower too. It's pretty damned depressing. It must also affect insect-eating birds, esp. if they're trying to find protein-rich bugs to feed their babies.

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Permaculture :heartflowers:

That's the thing isn't it, we can garden as 'green' as we like but when the wider eco system is breaking down there is zero we can do to fix it. Too many vested interests will hold sway until the crisis ramps up to the point that it simply can't be ignored any longer and by then it will likely be too late. 

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Permaculture :heartflowers:

That's the thing isn't it, we can garden as 'green' as we like but when the wider eco system is breaking down there is zero we can do to fix it. Too many vested interests will hold sway until the crisis ramps up to the point that it simply can't be ignored any longer and by then it will likely be too late. 

"Vested interests" includes the government.  In my state the county agents still recommend the chemical solution. If I had my way, the Dept. of Ag would be shut down, with a few exceptions.

I would also close the Dept. of Education. Now that I think of it, we don't need any federal agencies. We started out as 50 separate countries. The feds were supposed to keep their mitts off everything. 

We live in a sold-out country. The highest bidder is tptb. They like smooth manicured lawns, machined and toxic. It's so Stepford, dontcha know.

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Deceptive Title :bananarasta:

God and Grass it's really all good green .

 

:ZHDVo9A: My bad

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All the places I have been to grow vegetable on there yards

fence line to fence line only U.S. and canada grow grass

 

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All the places I have been to grow vegetable on there yards

fence line to fence line only U.S. and canada grow grass

 

What places do you mean? I've heard that Russians are avid gardeners who use every scrap of land they can to grow veggies. 

You ask a good question, T. Why the love for lawns? I call it the military-industrial-lawncare industry. We have garden clubs for bored housewives to thank. And the golf course mentality. The whole dreary and sterile waste of good land and sunlight depends on machines and chemicals. And of course $$$$$. I own this book, which tells the dirty story. Get it? Dirt? I like dirt, hate lawns.

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