October 5, 2011

Taking a New Perspective on Your Yard

Sometimes we get so accustomed to the way our yard looks that we begin to not care as much. We see it day after day and while we may notice some of the faulty feature of our lawn, we either consciously or subconsciously justify the reason for the mess.

For example; I started another rough semester of college a few months ago. I took the summer off so I could work and save up my money in order to pay for the fall semester of college. I was on top of all my responsibilities for those short, few months. I kept up on the lawn and even did a few big projects in my spare time.
Since I've been in school, free time does not exist.

I immediately got knee deep in homework. I found that I had no time for chores! The only lawn-related-chore I did for almost 3 weeks what lower the watering time on my Orbit sprinkler controller because the weather started to get cooler. I was lucky if I mowed the lawn once a week!
So there is a corner of my lawn that is bare. It is a great spot for a pretty bush or a few flowers but I put off buying a plant to go in this spot of dirt all summer long. The thing about this patch of dirt is that one of the the sprinklers on my Orbit automatic yard watering system hits it dead on for fifteen minutes everyday. So it gets A LOT of water.

This would be a good thing if I didn't have Bermuda grass surrounding this well nourished patch of dirt.
If you know anything about Bermuda Grass, you know what I mean.
If I don't keep after it, this patch will be overrun with weeds and Berumuda Grass in 1 week. It doesn't come in all nice and pretty. No; the weeds grow at all different lengths and it looks like a big mess.

But when I'm running to and from school and work, rushing into the house to grab my homework and go, I don't even glance at my lawn or care that it looks trashy. Because I know it CAN look better BUT I just don't have the time to clean it up. So that makes it okay. To me.

What we need to start doing is taking a step back from the curb and inspect the Curb Appeal from a guest's perspective. Pretend for a moment that it is your first time to your home. What would you think of your yard if you had never seen it before? Would you assume the owner is a responsible guy but is probably going to school and doesn't have time to keep on it?
Doubt it.
You assume "White Trash" don't you? I know you do.

So, as much as I wish I could tell you to not judge people based on their lawn, it's pointless because it is human to make a quick accusation based on your first impression. And that's okay! It's good to have a nice lawn.


Phil Goold is a retired landscaper of 30 years. He loves being outside more than anything else, except maybe pie. He enjoys connecting with other landscapers and gardeners because everyone brings something new and fun to the table. Connect with Phil on Twitter and Google+.

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