2020-06-24 - One Patch of Grass at a Time
While I have been trying to beautify our lawn space in a methodical manner, the past few years, it seems to have become even more weed-infested than before. While looking in my Mom‘s hardback edition of Roget‘s International Thesaurus, 1977, I found a list of around fifty types of weeds as possibilities for describing my adversary. Having been so careful in thinking through how to regenerate a good crop of grass, tall fescue as my choice, I wondered where I went wrong. Realizing it may be - at least in part - the mulch I had used, I began to research mulch, to see if there were some types more prone to include dandelion, clover, chickweed, and another one I have yet to identify. What became clear from several different sources (greenerhorizon.com, recordherald.com; Choosing and using the right mulch, thespruce.com; Mulch for Weed Control and Soil Health, and gardenknowhow.com; Mulch and Pet Safety) is that there are many facets of information to consider before choosing a mulch, and while many have the potential for adding weeds, the main thing is how you use the mulch and which type is best suited to the area in which it will be used. And whatever used, the depth of it done properly will keep most weeds from getting the light they need to germinate. Also, if you use a cocoa-based mulch (which I did not realize existed), it can be harmful to dogs! Pine bark chips work well in many situations and are unlikely to ruin grass growing, as well as pine straw can often be obtained for free in some cases or purchased in bales for a very reasonable price. With that information in mind, I can now finish the last section of the three by twelve space I began, and then move forward to plant some tall fescue seed in other areas where I am pulling up weeds.
Clearing out the weeds and soil from which they came is a good start. Also helpful is adding some turf builder soil, as well as topsoil followed by sowing the seed into the ground, along with some covering to protect it until it germinates, then adding some water to set it into the soil to begin the process of germination. All these steps work toward allowing for a healthy beginning. And it is important to show diligence to care for the seeds and then young grass until it is strong enough to manage on their own. If we do not take care with the process of planting, then we are unlikely going to achieve a good result. Two of the three sections already germinated and grown are beautiful patches of grass. Soon, I will clear off the weeds and repeat the process of planting the other third remaining. One patch at a time can potentially bring forth a good crop, with the right elements combining for a rebirth of weed-free grass - after which I will still need to maintain the new sod and occasionally remove any developing weeds.
When I began the process, I was so overwhelmed with the barrage of ugly green flowery, but unwanted pests, that my thinking was to start anew and protect the newborns, so to speak. Yet, now it is clear the point being made to me is much broader. There will always be creatures who will eat the seeds sown, stones beneath the surface possibly preventing germination, as well as thorns (catchweed-one of the Roget‘s Thesaurus list) that will come along and try to choke out the beautiful fescue in the yard (Matthew 13:1-9) Our job, as believers, is to be obedient to sowing the seeds of truth, helping it take root to the best of our ability, and caring for (assisting to cultivate) those whom have decided to grow in love. When they choose God‘s truth, he will provide through others around them, but it should also begin to happen for them on their own through prayer, reading the word of God, worship in music, fasting, or leading to a certain job or volunteer-type of work as they, too, grow in faith. There will always be types of weeds spiritually, as well: intruders, blemishes, splinters, and misfits (Roget‘s Thesaurus international, 1977 weed/intruder/78.2). We will have to work toward clearing our minds and refilling them with the truth of God‘s heart. And we each, with our own temporal lives, keep repeating the process within ourselves and with others along the way, until the time comes that death and hell are cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:12-15). I am so grateful for a father who promised to swallow up death and wipe away my tears (Isaiah 25:8, NIV). So let us keep moving forward - one patch of grass at a time - until we finish our part of the race. (Hebrews 12:1-5)
All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.