If you’ve never done your own yardwork, you’ll never understand the relationship between the two. If you ever want to teach your children a life lesson, this would be the best opportunity.
Look at a beautifully landscaped property. Now ask yourself if that family does the work themselves or if they pay someone to do it for them. If they pay someone to do it for them, what are they doing with that extra time? Are they working, using that time spend as a family, or just sitting around? Is that beautifully landscaped property yours?
Landscape takes time and effort, just as life does. You have goals for it and you want those goals represented in what is seen in it. You can’t just mow the lawn and leave the edges, and you certainly can’t make the lawn look beautiful and allow the surrounding plants to grow out of control and take the complete beauty away from the whole picture. This is probably the why most people don’t take the time to do it themselves. Have you ever heard the phrase, “Tend to your own garden”? If you let your garden go unmaintained, and comment on others’ gardens, you are speaking and acting out of place. If you allow others to maintain your garden and have the energy to speak on other gardens, you are out of place. This is society now, this is life, not that its right.
Put your hands in the dirt that surrounds you. Level your grass. Trim your plants. Have a relaxing drink and look at your landscape. Where are your problems? What looks out of place? What do you have a problem with? If all you have is a few areas that that need to be trimmed, you should feel lucky and take the short time to take care of it. Then figure out how to maintain it. If you’re like most of the world, there are weeds to deal with, which aren’t so easy.
If you have kids and you haven’t laid a proper protective barrier against weeds, or if your parents never laid that barrier in you as a child, some work needs to be done. While there are so many different types of weeds, they all have the same purpose, and they all kill your beautiful landscape.
Weeds represent the negative that you allow to enter your life without terminating it or preventing the next attack. Bullying, thoughts of distress, hatred, self-esteem, respect, etc…. Once the weed is allowed to plant a root, it will stay there until you figure out how to destroy the root and stop feeding it. Weeds have one purpose; survive by stealing the nutrients around it. Grass and plants of beauty absorb the nutrients it needs while weeds absorb all nutrients around them, taking them from all other passive lifeforms around it. It doesn’t see a limit. It doesn’t see pain. It sees survival.
Pulling a weed leaves the root to find another way, or even split and spread to other areas. Some weeds have great beauty, but they steal the beauty from those around it. They do not see or understand communal survival, growth in numbers, or beauty in difference.
One weed can destroy everything around it after growing from nothing. It was given sunlight and it took the opportunity to manifest itself into its own lanscape. Some weeds stay hidden for some time. They grow horizontal along healthy plants, allowing enough nutrients to stay covered but growing to tremendous lengths, spreading across a pawn and stealing more nutrients as it goes. When you finally see a slight difference and try to pull it, realizing it is so long that it trails all the way back across the lawn.
These are the thoughts we carry. These are the thoughts we allow to fester. These weeds are our failures. These weeds are our life, our beauty being stolen by what we allowed.
Talk to those who maintain their own lawn. If you can’t figure out how to get your landscape how you want it, seek help from those that have figured out how to. No longer allow your landscape to be ignored because you don’t have the time or patience. Landscape as though your life depends on it and show your children that their landscape matters more than your neighbors’.
Enjoy your Wellth and strengthen your garden.