Earthies, then and now

No doubt about it, when it comes to opinions regarding the impact that mankind has had on mother earth, there are some extremes.

Most of my life, I’ve been a straight laced buttoned down type that didn’t have much regard for the perspective of “earthy people” whom favored more of a holistic and chemical free society.  Having inherited genetics from good hard headed men that sacrificed much for me, I didn’t spend much of my early adulthood entertaining the thought that with some issues, I might be wrong.  I considered myself of academia, and in those days, academia looked at the “earthies” like I look at a teenager that has to hold his pants up for lack of a fitting belt.  But as time has passed, so did some of my former opinions about those earthy folks and some of what they had to say.  Eventually, I came to believe that the best landscape care includes relying upon natural systems and having an understanding of and appreciation for the web of life.

Fortunately, there are some good landscape care companies that are managed by folks that take this whole issue seriously and do a good job.  Of course, there is plenty of the other type too.  But that’s the way it goes.

Now don’t get me wrong, I still rely on the use of “chemicals”, and in coming days intend to make an argument as to why their use is often the most environment friendly approach that’s available.  I’m also going to share some real life examples of how tuning into that web of life, can allow for more economical, more effective, and more sustainable landscape management.  You will not want to miss it.


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