God on Lawns
Imagine the conversation The Creator might have had with St. Francis on the subject of lawns:
Hey St. Francis, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there in the Midwest? What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistle and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect "no maintenance" garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But all I see are these green rectangles.
It's the tribes that settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers "weeds" and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.
Grass? But it's so boring. It's not colorful. It doesn't attract butterflies, birds and bees, only grubs and sod worms. It's temperamental with temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?
Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. The begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.
The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy.
Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it... sometimes twice a week.
They cut it? Do they then bail it like hay?
Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.
They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?
No Sir. Just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.
Now let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?
These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.
You are not going to believe this Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.
What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. Plus, as they rot, the leaves form compost to enhance the soil. It's a natural circle of life.
You better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.
No. What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter and to keep the soil moist and loose?
After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. The haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.
And where do they get this mulch?
They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.
Enough. I don't want to think about this anymore.
Sister Catherine, you're in charge of the arts. What movie have you scheduled for us tonight?
"Dumb and Dumber", Lord. It's a real stupid movie about.....
Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis.
El Ojo Del Lago News
Hello from bel dzyn, llc and Osprey Design Works!
Any discussion on design is generally an invitation to a verbal marathon in most circumstances,
but we wanted to offer a brief blip of insight on what ruminates in our hearts and minds as we approach our projects:
Design is a two way street.
Well, actually more like an infinite multi lane highway that takes a great team to manifest and maintain.
It also takes a lot of trust to think someone is:
#1 going to stay on their side of the road
#2 to acknowledge mutual consent is required to stop or go
Design has many responsibilities and obligations to the footprints it leaves on all levels.
It takes intense voluntary dedication, communication and the ability to find the courage to overcome the fear of honesty in the process of its conception to realization.
For us this process is our being, it's how we see the world and live in it.
And we would not have it any other way.
bel dzyn, llc
osprey design works
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