I have about a half acre of property to take care of. Of which to take care. To f*#king mow.
See those whitish things in the picture? They’re not weeds. My neighbors keep asking me why I don’t do something about the weeds. They’re afraid the weeds are going to blow over into their yard, infect their lawn. They’ve never seen those before because they take so much better care of their lawns.
Neighbors, shut up.
Those aren’t weeds. They’re seed plants. Believe it or not, grass doesn’t only come from a blue and white bag that says “Scotts” at Home Depot. Grass seeds also come from the grass plants. These whitish things are nature’s way of planting more grass seeds. The idea is NOT to cut your lawn to the height of your living room rug, as my neighbors all do because they think it looks great. And don’t get me wrong, it does look great. Now.
It’s early. May. It’s not hot yet. It’s gonna get hot in about a month. When it gets hot in about a month, the neighbors’ lawns will look like that living room rug, but a beige rug. See, the blades of grass are equivalent to the roots, and vice versa. If you cut your grass short, the roots think they only need to be short as well, so the roots don’t grow, which means they can’t drink as much water when they need it. It’s like cutting your straw for your soda. Once the soda level gets below the bottom of the straw, no more soda.
When you let your grass grow long, three things happen.
1. the roots grow deeper and are more capable of sucking up water when it gets really hot about a month from now.
2. seed plants grow so they can release more natural seeds to make your lawn even better.
3. nobody can see how much dog crap you haven’t picked up yet.
This is part of the farm behind my house.
One day I was outside cutting the grass, and the farmer drove by, smiled, and waved. I introduced myself to be polite. In his polite way, he laughed at me and the other homeowners and said, “I see you guys out here busting yourselves silly trying to grow the easiest thing there is to grow. Grass. It’s really not hard. All you need is water. Skip all those fancy chemicals and just water it.”
I pointed out the water restrictions, and he laughed at that too. Unfortunately, I did not laugh when I got a ticket for $85 for watering on the wrong day.