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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Part of being a good neighbor is watching out for your neighbor. I say that to say this.
When we mow, lawn clippings land on the sidewalk or road, so we get out our blower and blow them onto the street in hopes wind or rain will blow them downhill. Guess who lives down the street?
That’s right, your neighbors. They aren’t going to pick it up, so they wait for the next rain or windstorm to move it on. I guess you can see where this is going.
Not only does the one on the end get almost all of it, but culverts along the way get some. Over time, it piles up and germinates, and we now have the start of a lawn.
My street has a slight angle to it, so the grass moves along pretty fast. When it gets to the culverts, it goes right on by because the culvert is blocked.
After I mow, I sweep up clippings and put them in the trash. That may sound old-fashioned, but I care about my neighbor and neighborhood. When grass germinates in cracks, it eventually causes roads and walks to split.
It takes only a little thought about our actions to make everything work right, and together I know we can do that. What do you think?
EMERY ST. CYR
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