Do we take lawn care too seriously? Whether we are wasting water on Kentucky bluegrass in the great American southwest, or soaking tonnes of weedkiller and insecticide into pleasant little villages across the continent, much of our obsession is just wrong. (And I’m not saying this simply to justify my own half-wild, unkempt backyard.) Considering the harm we’re doing to ourselves, our neighbouring ecology, and our bees, what good comes from that perfect lawn? Even the aesthetics are sometimes questionable. (I’ll refrain from venting about golf courses for the moment.)
On the other hand, I tip my hat to the homeowner in the photo above. He keeps a neat yard a bit north of me, up in the town of Three Hills, Alberta. Theunis Wessels’s wife snapped this sensational picture of him finishing up lawn work while a tornado descended. There’s much to admire in that unflappable Canadian demeanor and sense of duty. Well done, neighbour.