I've been thinking about this because I live on a bit of property.
There's a tendency to make a plan for all of it.
As if it's being wasted if we don't domesticate it all.
But is that our role on the earth> to domesticate as much of it as possible?
To mow all the grass we own? To use landscape cloth to smother any weeds and keep everything as orderly as possible?
Lately I've been thinking that thinking is wrong.
I think it's time to embrace biodiversity more. Appreciate the fact that every plant has a purpose and there's beauty in blackberries, thistles, dandelions, foxtails, and everything else traditionally considered a problem.
image: Maybe these blackberries climbing my fence are OK to keep around..
Maybe wasp nests, gopher holes and anthills shouldn't be such a big deal and we should be happy with the fact that we live among insects and animals who are living healthy lives too. A world where every wasp nest is sprayed with poison and every gopher trapped is one which would become more and more sterile and less healthy for us to live in. It's for our good as much as theirs.
I know it's fashionable to care about climate change and drive electric cars and use reusable bags. I think that's fine, but if you subscribe to those ideas you should also place higher priority in protecting our bio-diverse planet.
Here's some ideas:
-Could we trap and release, rather then squish insects in our homes?
-Dig up weeds instead of using weed killer?
-I'd like to leave more of our yards or property wild. You don't have to mow everything.
-Consider no-till gardening rather then pulling out the rototiller.
-Learn to see bees nests, gopher holes, cobwebs and mouse nests as evidence that nature around you is healthy, and that's a good thing.
-Let your lawn live a little. Growing a single species of grass is a monoculture. Let some other stuff come through too.