What's Going on in Your Yard?

A single garden gnome per acre will make your lawn happier
A single garden gnome per acre will make your lawn happier

The Shocking Truth?

Amazing and possibly apocryphal things are happening in your yard. Things that might surprise you are taking place under your very feet. Or, perhaps not so surprising if you have an advanced degree in plant physiology or agrarian psychology.

Read onward if you have a place in your heart for your lawn and for what's going on in your yard. Hopefully that place is well watered and receives morning sun.

Not Stonehenge, rather Pathhenge
Not Stonehenge, rather Pathhenge

Green grass competes with nasty weedy plants for precious resources. The grass knows it's your favorite; all the other plants resent the way that the grass is carefully mowed and fed by Human Masters. When the sun goes down, mean and prickly anti-grass gangs roam the yard, harassing the lovely green shoots of Turf Fescue. In the morning, the grass is often wet from crying all night. Relentless teasing really damages its' self-esteem.

Never set your lawn mower to cut more than 1/3 of the grass height. This general rule is not meant to be taken literally; it'd take forever to get all the blades trimmed properly.

A dragonfly studies an ant, which is out of frame.
A dragonfly studies an ant, which is out of frame.

Immense colonies of ants build elaborate civilizations in your yard. Barely beneath the unhappy layer of grass are highly organized cadres of ants with the sole goal of getting into your house. The small work of each ant contributes to the well-being of the colony, like UC Berkley professors. Well, one of them wants in your house (the ants, not the profs). Which one in particular matters not to them. They consider their Summer successful when they get one ant invader into your kitchen. Greeting their peer when it returns to the ant-hive is an unexpected bonus. The entire ant nation gladly sacrifices everything just to make it possible for one fellow ant colonist to breach the kitchen defenses. Actually it's pretty easy for them because an ant can squeeze through any little opening and you can't possibly plug them all.

An evergreen tree longs for its' yard
An evergreen tree longs for its' yard

Trees can rarely be trusted. One day a tree will invite happy songbirds to build homes. The yard fills with the relaxing sounds of pooping and nesting birds. Then, without warning, the same tree drops all its' leaves onto the distressed Turf Fescue. Struggling bird families are exposed to every raptor in the neighborhood. This disturbing pattern repeats annually.

The first grub in space, trekking over the surface of Mars
The first grub in space, trekking over the surface of Mars

Perhaps you do not even want to know what the grubs are up to.

However, the grubs would like to know. Poor buggers can't stop hiding from the moles long enough to get organized. As it turns out, a critical mass of grubby characters has roughly the same capacity for rational thought as the average post-doc at UC Berkley. For better or worse, the post-docs are above ground and don't have the mole threat dogging them. On the other hand, it's good to have some useful function in life.

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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

Your gnome looks deceptively peaceful. I'm not sure it will protect against grubs or moles.

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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@Rochelle Frank: As Carl Spackler said, think like a mole ;)

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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Just checked: after over a year, this stoopid page isn't even indexed by Google. Sigh. Can anyone explain this to me? Do I need more double-ended backlinks with long tail keywords interspersed with high traffic SEO tricks and tips?

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