Jim Stanley / Texas Grasp Naturalist Creator of “Hill Nation Landowner’s Information” firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve all seen the fertilizer advertisements and the garden mower advertisements, and many people have lived in suburbs the place everybody had manicured lawns like within the advertisements. It’s not clear how modernAmericans have come to treat such unnatural monocultures as the best, however it’s clear that such landscapes will not be pure.
Mom Nature doesn’t develop single species of grass in large expanses, devoid of different grasses, weeds or flowers. She doesn’t personal a lawnmower both. Positive, there are grazing animals, however they every decide and select what to eat, leaving some vegetation and nibbling others, all of which will increase the range of flora in Mom Nature’s “garden.”
You don’t see any useless limbs or oddly-shaped shrubs in these TV advertisements both. Our sense of “neatness” forbids that too. However Mom Nature doesn’t personal a sequence noticed or pruners both. Lifeless limbs, strange-shaped bushes, and irregularly spaced bushes are all a part of pure landscapes.
And guess what. Mom Nature doesn’t personal a leaf rake both. So within the fall when all of the people are franticly raking up each single leaf that falls on that stunning garden, Mom Nature will get to relaxation and benefit from the colours.
If we people had the identical sense of aesthetics as Mom Nature, the fertilizer firms could be in hassle, however we’d have quite a bit much less yard work to do.
After all, this isn’t all about how a lot work we should always do, however what’s greatest for the panorama and the habitat round us. Spreading chemical fertilizer on lawns, after which giving the fast-growing lawns the extra water they require, is a waste of pure sources. However then the weekly mowing of the brand new development and disposing of the clippings quantities to stuffing the leaf luggage with greenback payments, since that’s the place the fertilizer vitamins and even among the water goes. This may all be value it if the consequence have been a more healthy habitat, however in reality the reverse is true. Giant expanses of weed-free St. Augustine are residence to virtually no wildlife. And the soil beneath isn’t that wholesome both.
If pruning each useless limb, felling each useless or misshapen tree, or raking up each leaf and twig and hauling them away or burning them have been so helpful, how is it that the bushes and the shrubs and the weeds and the grass advanced to thrive on this nation earlier than we arrived and invented using mowers, weed-eaters and chainsaws?
Clearly, none of us needs to dwell with a useless tree in our entrance yard, however a useless tree or a pile of useless limbs out within the “again 40” is simply good wildlife habitat. And does it actually make sense to rake off dwell oak leaves from a flower mattress, after which go to city to purchase mulch for the mattress? Leaving leaves, limbs, and final 12 months’s grass the place they lay helps to return the vitamins contained in them to the soil, after they’ve served as much-needed mulch for a time, and whereas it will not be neat, it’s nature’s approach.
Mom Nature doesn’t personal any bug spray both. I’ve been impressed with the minimal quantity of insect harm we’ve noticed round our home on our native flowers, shrubs and bushes. I feel I can depend on one hand the variety of instances prior to now 10 years that we’ve used any insecticide exterior our home.And even a few of these instances, we’ve since discovered, if we had simply waited just a few extra days, the caterpillars would have was a cocoon and the vegetation would put up new leaves and all can be proper with the world.
I do know some folks will disagree with a lot of what I’ve mentioned right here. However I additionally know that if extra folks practiced the type of yard upkeep described right here we’d be utilizing fewer pure sources and making a smaller footprint on the ecology of the Hill Nation. If everybody would at the very least take into consideration these concepts earlier than doing what they’ve at all times finished, that might be a begin.
Till subsequent time…..