I was very proud of our organic lawn when the first weeds started to sprout. They were so cute and different, even beautiful. I thought - hey... this is easy.
But now... now the crabgrass. Its wide, bright green leaves - so unmistakable. And so prolific.
My calming wife reminds me that we have crabgrass every year. But I keep thinking -- if I do nothing... what about next year -- it will take over the entire lawn!
This is where I begin to panic...
So here I am, driving around on the tractor in mindless circles, panicking.
And I think I begin to hallucinate...
on one shoulder I have a little tiny Scotts salesperson and Al Gore sitting on the other. Each one whispering in my ear.
Scotts dude is so calming and reassuring:
"Weese, relax - you know we can handle this with some summertime spot treatments and a preventative next spring."
Al says: "Better yet, instead of cutting the lawn at all, let it go back to meadow and forest."
Scotts Dude: "A simple fall weed and feed will really knock back those dandy-lions, and that thistle doesn't stand a chance."
Al: "Read my research on lawn chemicals as cancer causing agents, and how they affect wildlife."
Scotts dude: "You don't need to read, weese. Just feed it... c'mon - you know you want to. Look at John's yard next door."
my head spins...
Al: "Did you know US lawns take up as much space as the entire state of New York. And that 1/3 of all the water on the East Coast is used to water lawns!"
Scotts Dude: "We have a new chemical that helps reduce the need for watering."
He is grinning now.
Al: "So we feed and water a lawn to make it grow, only to cut it back every week - does that sound silly to you?"
Scotts Dude: "Consistent maintenance, including sharp blades and regular mowing is essential to a healthy lawn."
Al: "And by 'healthy' you mean....?"
Al breaks out into song and is joined on my shoulder by Rachel Carson.
Scotts dude: "WTF - they're singing. Fine, fine keep your weeds and your crabgrass, save hundreds of dollars a year as well as the environment, not to mention your family pets... whatever."