For about six or seven years, we’ve had an organic yard.  Although I’m hoping when the house goes on the market that will be a selling point, I’ve really been doing it because I don’t like the thought of all those pesticides going into the ground and then into the water!  It’s nice to be able to go out in the yard right after an application and when we had our foster pit bulls, it was wonderful knowing they could be in the yard anytime without bad consequences.

Good Nature Organic Lawn Care, http://www.whygoodnature.com/, has been our go-to lawn service.  I met the owner many years ago at a local business “do” and decided to give them a try.  And our lawn looks great!  Not perfect, but great.  Perfect requires pesticides.

Not our lawn, unfortunately.

That’s quite a feat, considering the weed forces arrayed against us on all sides, especially the armies of dandelions.  Makes the Mongol hordes look like pikers!  I dig out ours, both dandelions and weeds, by hand (using a tool, of course, not just my hand) and there have been times that task seemed overwhelming.  But as the years passed and our lawn got thicker, aided also by me mowing the grass about 4″ high as well as digging out the weeds, the weeds can’t get in very well anymore.  I have to admit I’ve contemplated paying Chemlawn to nuke my next-door neighbor’s yard when the cotton-puff seed heads are numbering in the thousands, but I haven’t done it.  Once some years ago, I paid our younger daughter to pick the flowers off of all the neighbor’s dandelions, figuring they could spread to our yard that way.  The wage was 1 cent per flower and I finally had her stop when she reached several dollars and it didn’t look as though she’d ever finish.

One place the weeds can always find a home, though, is in the cracks between cement slabs–in the driveway, between the drive and the sidewalk, between sidewalk sections, etc.  Originally, most of those spaces had concrete expansion joints, http://www.ehow.com/way_6374268_diy-concrete-expansion-joints.html, but those little babies are just like potting soil for weeds!  And eventually, they start to disintegrate, making them even more soil-like.  One year, I dug them all out, or at least all I could dig out with a screwdriver, and replaced them, not an easy task as not all the spaces were big enough any longer.

Mine weren’t quite this bad, but you get the idea!

So…when about a week ago, I realized I had a lovely and large crop of weeks growing there, I went the natural warfare route and sprayed them with vinegar, really gave them a good dose, then waited.  Yesterday morning, out I went for my morning hour of yard work and pulled/dug what was left of those suckers up.  While I was on my knees dragging them out, two women walked by.  We said hello and one of them said, “Wow, that’s a labor of love!”  And you know what?  She was right.  It is a labor of love, for our little yard, but a bigger labor of love for the earth that the Lord’s entrusted to us.  I’m just doing my best to live up to that trust.

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