There goes the neighborhood

My rural neighborhood is more or less city-fied. They all got pasture type fencing including the street-facing side. All is well manicured native grasses as viewed from the street on these 5/10/20 acre plats. No native spring flowers, they're all mowed down. No, these native flowers and their originating plants are not in competition with native grasses. I delight when I arrive at home to see spring alive, these white and ultra-yellow flowers will wilt soon enough. Soon to see summer, and most, if not all of it, will wilt and dry again in the Texas sun. I kept my fenceline around my house, not my property line. I don't understand my neighbors, help me out.
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Dave



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Dioclese wrote:

Tell the smart ones: Too frequent cutting favours some species over others and leads towards loss of diversity. They may need all of those species at some time under different conditions.
Tell the rest: It's not 'authentic' to have it so neat, back in the olden days there was no neat. They came to escape the new and embrace the old so leave it grow sometimes. Also riding a mower/tractor for hours gives you a tan which is uncool and leads to skin cancer. They should stay indoors in the aircon and admire the wonders of nature from there and preserve their complexion so they can properly show off their new clothes from the spring collection.
David
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The world is becoming over populated. What was once country will become city. My Mother was born and raised in the country with barns and farm animals. Seventy years later it is now a concrete jungle with thousands of homes and paved streets. Farm animals no longer allowed.
I was also born there in the same city. When I turned forty I moved to the country. I still had city habits when I first moved to the boondocks, nice lawn and flowers around the house, just like those in the city. I am changing; the lawn not so good - I no longer put down herbicides, I now raise chickens, into beekeeping and have a large vegetable garden. I was a city mouse now turning into a country mouse.
Like my mothers world changed, so is mine. The creeping civilization of human over population is slowly arriving. This year a new big box hardware store and a mega mart store like wallmart is just seven miles down the road. I am also guilty of this transformation also, as I moved to the country so did others.
I however, have no kids and will not contribute further to this messed up over populated world. As for complaining about your landscape changing will be on no use ... get use to it. It is they way the world is! It is called "Progress".
Enjoy Life ... Dan
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