Why My Lawn Is Important To More Than Just ME!

Calico Betty Enjoying the Lawn in Our Garden

“A plot of grass,usually tended or mowed, as one around a residence or in a park or estate.” is the defination for Lawn on Yahoo Education. Who wrote that narrow definition anyways?  The definition of lawn to me is so much more…  it includes a very important way to connect gardens becoming itself a part of the garden.  When I proof read that last sentence it seems so ‘deep’ but it is a definition well worth examining in todays world.  This Monday on Twitter #gardenchat many will be sharing what lawns are to them as well as ask questions. Being the moderator of this chat I wanted to spend sometime analyzing what lawns are to me.

In the past 2 years of being active on social media and watching the gardening movement explode I’ve become aware of all the different ways people garden.  There are groups of garden folks who do not want their lawns to be grass and many who enjoy a natural approach to growing their grassy lawns.  In my Ohio garden we are fortunate to have a large area to grow and I can’t imagine not having grass to connect the gardens. The ‘lawn’ on our property are actually a very necessary part of the garden.  Even in the drought we are having this summer the lawn is faithful at helping keep things cool ( especially under the trees and along the river bank).  My lawn is important  because it is a place that connects my gardens.  The lawn is also a place where wildlife and our pets enjoy spending time.   The lawn is also where children can run and play safely.

This week on #gardenchat Twitter based chat forum the owner Tom Del Conte of Sprinkler TImes Lawn online program and App is the guest host.  Tom has been a landscaper contractor for 40 years and will be providing lots of great information about lawn care.  I’m excited to have Tom and his Marketing Team tweeting with us on #gardenchat Monday.  I hope you will join us and share your thoughts about lawns.

To make this event even more interactive I’ve created a Pinterest board where I invite you all to come and share your lawn questions, dream lawns or just show off what grows in your yard.  Please share an image and attach #gardenchat #LawnCare to the image and then head over to the #gardenchat Board to share your URL so we can tweet about you!   I think this will be a great way to connect with other gardeners as well as promote healthy living.  Come on…. what could be more healthy then sharing the lawns that you love?!   If you have a question about this Pinterest event please leave a question for me on my blog and I’ll be happy to answer your questions.

11 thoughts on “Why My Lawn Is Important To More Than Just ME!

  1. Bren!!
    Thank you so much for this post. I was beginning to feel like a pathetic excuse for a gardener…for a landscape designer…for LOVING my lawn!

    Nothing is more invigorating to me then the smell of freshly cut grass…..the feel of its soft blades between my toes…..and the comfort it lends on a warm afternoon as I lay down to catch some sun rays.

    I understand many waste precious water to maintain a golden carpet of green. I don’t. Much like how you enjoy your tomatoes in-season, I enjoy my lawn ‘in-season’. I think grass can be an important part to design—as you mentioned: to connect you beds. I’ll add: you have to ‘take a breath’ between flower beds to appreciate each flower bed as it stands.

    Anyway….off my little pedestal. Thanks again for this post–it’s refreshing and makes me feel better about cherishing my grass.

    • wow…. honored to have you stop by my blog today Katie! I’m thrilled I’m not alone when it comes to enjoying my lawn in the garden! Please stop back again soon – I’m heading over to check out your site as well. Happy Garden – Join us for #gardenchat tomorrow oK?!

      • I’m always checking in on you Bren! I just don’t always comment unless the moment moves me—this one did. Thanks again chica!

        p.s. don’t bother with my blog…..you can’t see through the cobwebs!

  2. No, you aren’t alone, either of you! I love my lawn, too, and I’m like you, Katie. We don’t water our lawn. It looks pretty pathetic right now, but even that inch and a half of rain we [finally] got last week has it showing a teeny bit of green again. We enjoy ours “in season” too and I love it for all the reasons that both you and Bren say.

    Bren, you know because you’ve been here that for me to NOT have any lawn would just be so impractical and almost ridiculous. Lawns have their place, they really do. Not on every property, but certainly on some.

    • I could have sworn I saw some rain clouds pop up on The Weather Channel app this AM in Van Wert area! This drought has me crazy watching radar for rain … as if that is going to help! LOL Thank for comment Kylee.

  3. I took a course at CBG on lawn maintenance years ago, so I understand the importance of a lawn. Even though I live in a condo, the lawn around my place stays green because I water it. I am always outside watching the way the lawn company takes care of the grass. lol They probably think I am a snoopy old lady. lol

  4. When do I need to refertilize my lawn. I live in west ok. It is June here.

    • When I have spots that are really bad I usually just sprinkle some composted horse manure down – water well! It works great. I’m also experimenting with a new organic product by Safer Brand that I will share later in the Autumn when I can tell you how it worked for me.

  5. I love my Garden always by the way Great Post. Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts with us, Happy Gardening..

  6. Just saw this post link on Twitter Bren. I’ve been pondering a post on lawns myself. I love grass A.K.A. Lawns. You listed some great reasons to maintain lawns. I agree on every point and would like to add a few more reasons.

    1) Grass holds topsoil in place in a way plants and crops cannot.
    2) Grass aerates soil and keeps the ground cooler in warm weather
    3) Like trees, grass absorb toxins and release oxygen
    4) Many friendly and beneficial organisms live in the soil under our lawns. The least of which are Earthworms
    5) Grass helps to retain moisture in the soil
    6) A great sources of both compost and mulch

    I have a very small garden off the patio of my rental apartment. But I don’t allow them to spray pesticides back here. I only use Epsom salt and water. Though there are trees that form a canopy over the garden I’ve managed to restore the grass that had disappeared from neglect. I prefer to maintain grass in a garden for structure and beauty. It grows as naturally on the earth as every other plant. I believe along with your observations there are many good and important reasons to grow grass and maintain it. Great post!

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