Every Thursday I write a post about green living. This week I’m writing about my yard. By green yard, I don’t just mean the color, I mean the way we care for it.
This is a picture of my front yard.
Here’s one of my backyard.
If you look close, you may notice a few weeds. You may even notice some brown patches. Yep, I have both in my yard. Why is that? Because we don’t put any chemicals on our yard. At all.
If you look at the top picture again, you’ll see why. My children are barefoot. They like to go barefoot. I like them to go barefoot. I want them to be able to feel the grass between their toes, to run around in the sprinklers in the summer, to play hide and seek behind the bushes, without worrying about exposure to chemicals. I like not having to keep them off the grass because we just put chemical fertilizer down. I like not having to constantly remind them to put their shoes back on because I’m worrying about them absorbing chemicals through their skin. For our family, it’s more important to minimize our children’s exposure to chemicals than to have no weeds.
The weeds really aren’t too bad. By keeping our lawn mowed and watered correctly, we don’t have too many weeds. Plus, we have a secret weapon to battle the weeds, especially the dandelions. Her name is Delilah and she likes to eat.
Do you keep a green lawn?
This post is part of the Healthy Child Blog Carnival–an effort by Healthy Child Healthy World to help inspire a movement to protect our children from harmful chemicals.
Visit some of the other posts from the blog carnival:
I Am Not The Master of My Backyard at Eco-Novice
The Evolution of a Lawn at A Pug in the Kitchen
The Most Expensive Egg We’ll Ever Eat at Rookie Moms
Clean Food and Dirty Kids at Spoonfed
Our Grass Is Greener at Farmer’s Daughter