It’s spring time (finally) and with it a riot of garden growth. Which always amazes me, the colors, the fragrances, the active squirrels, birds and bees.
But what’s up with front (and back) yards full of 2+ foot tall weeds? And sidewalks/walkways riddled with weeds?
Most of our front yards are the size of a postage stamp. So how hard is it to landscape that little bit of land and keep it looking attractive? Why don’t people care? Where is the civic pride? There are all kinds of good things that correlate to well-kempt front yards: community, decrease in crime, litter, etc.
Seems like there are four categories of front-yard owners in Alameda–residential or commercial:
-Cement Is Best – weeds in the cracks everywhere and we don’t need no stinkin’ permeable land!
-The Vacant Lot Look – What weeds?! What trash?
-Tending Wanne Bees – it looked good once….does it need regular maintenance?
-Well-Tended – well-designed and easy schmeasy maintenance, a hour or two per month
– The Martini – where gardening is an after-work and weekend relaxation technique
The first three rely types on yard blindness—you know, the way you simply do not see what’s right in front of you? And provide eyesores to the community. That said, I’ve had some cans of paint in my front yard all winter long that I’m sure people could complain about (honest, I’ll get to them any weekend now…)
It’d be nice if more people had civic pride and took an interest and participated in helping create the positive impact to our community that keeping nice looking curbs and front yards has. Failing that, I just wish people would keep their weedy front and back yards from going to seed so that the rest of us can enjoy in our gardens instead of getting up every second to weed out the sprouting seeds your continual neglect allows the wind to carry to our yards.