Friday, July 29, 2011

Lawns and Trees

Two lawns and greening

Today it rained – and rained and rained.  What a relief!
The lawns are beginning to green up again – as if I cared about lawns.  But an interesting thing has happened across the street.  One lawn that is never cared for except for the occasional mowing is quite green, while the lawn of my neighbour who loves (loved?) his lush, thick, green lawn is almost totally browned. 
Is the difference the type of grass?  Is it the presence of “weeds.  Most likely it’s the effect of trees.  Across the road there is a birch tree on the lawn and a large ash on the boulevard.  My lawn-loving neighbour has no trees at all. 
So… a little lesson in global warming and the effect of trees.  Multiply the browned lawn with no trees a million times and you have an earth that can no longer protect itself against droughts and the sun.  Let’s leave the trees.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Carol, this is very interesting. We recently built a summer place in the country and found it to be so beautiful that we decided to live at the lake all year round, We only removed enough trees to accommodate the house and the septic fields - we wanted to keep all the trees! So glad we did.

    Jackie Carruthers and I attended the Horticultural Convention in Sudbury this past July and were very impressed with your presentation on using computers for gardening research and info. I have suggested that we contact you to see if you would be interested in addressing our group. Our Rideau Lakes Horticultural Society meets in Portland, Ontario (just east/northeast of Kingston, Ontario). Please let me know if this is possible. I would need an email address and/or phone number to contact you.

    Cheers, Madelaine Cross