Since moving to PEI, from the backwoods of NB, I have developed a theory about lawn care. It seems to me that there is some genetic, historical tie to the land and when men (yes, I'm being gender-specific with this one) have moved generations away from agriculture, their silent DNA still tells them to take care of land and produce something. So they throw themselves wholeheartedly into the only land they have; their massive lawn. Now that I've come up with this theory I have noticed little things that confirm it for me; like how 97% of the time, PEI men mow their lawns with their shirts off, no matter what the weather-it's like they're channelling their inner caveman, strutting their (out of shape) manly-ness through their perfect lawns. Barf.
Family who come to PEI always comment on how tidy everyone's property is. The roads are tidy, the ditches are mowed (by the people who live near them!), lawns are immaculate and many people have a critical eye for those infrequent unkempt properties. It's true. Compared to the 'wildwood' of West Branch, and most parts of NB, this province is a bit obsessive compulsive when it comes to lawn care.
So back to my theory- the desire to cultivate something from the soil and end up devoting too much time and money to a frigging lawn. I am going to get some backs up with this one, but I'm officially cranky after this morning when, on my way to town with the kids, I drove by a farm house and got a big cloud of very very smelly pesticide in my window since the owner was out front with what seemed like a malfunctioning lawn sprayer, spraying what looked to me like an already over-manicured lawn.
WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU SPRAYING!?
Seriously, most agricultural chemicals are a mystery to me that I am too ignorant to comment on, but cosmetic pesticides are just STUPID. Plain and simple. Stupid.
Did I mention it was raining while he was spraying, and they're calling for a thunder shower later today? Did I mention that there was a massive fish kill in a PEI river this week? Did I mention that COSMETIC PESTICIDES ARE STUPID!!
I married into a family who cares very much for their property and takes great strides to keep it looking its best at all times and I've really developed a sincere admiration for that. That is not to say that where I grew up was all wild and crazy, but those who have been to both places might note some general differences. My admiration doesn't mean that it's been contagious. I much prefer the more unkept look of what nature would do if left to her own devices. I actually got annoyed at Mark last night who cut all that tall sweet clover that grows on the side of the roads time of year with his bush cutter on his way home from the field, because I love the smell of it when I go for a run and I like how it closes in the back roads. He just shakes his head at me.
So the point of this rant is that I'm annoyed at the stupidity of people who put themselves, their neighbours and the ecosystem at risk by spraying poisons, and unnecessary fertilizers (which contribute to the nitrates in my water!) for a %$^&***#$&^% LAWN! Get over yourself and if you're just bored, I'm sure they could use your help picking up dead fish from the banks of the Trout River.