Dear Newnan Neighbor…
I am grateful to see a few bees…visiting the Lenten Roses and other early bloomers in the garden.
Here at our house, we are concerned by changes we have noticed over the past several years.
In years past, our cherry trees and blueberries would be so full of pollinators in spring, my husband and I could hear the communal hum when we stepped into the yard…and would comment on it when we did our spring pruning. I’m not sure exactly when that stopped happening. “Did you notice that too?” we asked each other. So last year we made a point of watching for it…but in that regard, it was a silent spring.
Worldwide, there is great concern about what is happening to the bees. Near the top of every list of probable causes is the overuse of…
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On this Saint Patrick’s Day…..
…let us consider the mixed clover lawn.
Imperfect perhaps to those who would have lawns tidy and under their control.
But here’s the thing…
Clover is green nearly year round .
It is content to grow with moss and in the shade of trees.
It supports the bees…who are in peril.
It makes mowing optional. Let it bloom for pollinators…or mow if you wish.
There’s no need to fertilize….it adds nitrogen to soil by using what’s in the air.
And in the heat of high summer it requires nothing from you…you can sip a cool drink in your lawn chair instead.
So on this holy day of Saint Patrick…sit in a swing…raise a toast to green clover…and to this good earth.
And wonder when the expensive, high maintenance, chemically dependent, monoculture lawn will green up next door.