Okay. So perhaps we lived in New Mexico, land of xeriscaping, a tad too long to know the current trends in lawn care.
But seriously, what is going on in our neighborhood?
First, Mrs. Earnestine spray paints her grass green.
And today I went to investigate the pasture-on-fire smell permeating the house, only to find this:
Two men, dousing the neighbor's yard with some sort of gasoline-like product and then setting it aflame it with a blow torch. With a third man standing by with a rake and an absolutely-thrilled-to-be-on-board-this-project! expression.
I wanted to get a picture of the process in the act. It was actually pretty entertaining. The man with the rake was certainly kept hoppin'! But I wasn't brave enough to stand out there snapping away, with them watching me. Plus, I was scared Sophie would try to run over and help. So I settled for a shot of the end effect.
Here's what I can figure out:
1.) Flaming the grass, down to the dirt, definitely gets rid of all of the weeds.
2.) It also probably postpones the need to get out the lawnmower by several weeks. ...Months?
And while I understand the concept of burning scrub brush in a field or forest to get rid of decaying and overgrown matter (to help prevent fires), I didn't know the usefulness extended to yards in a subdivision.
Woo. I'm telling you, it's just keeps getting better around here. These people are apparently hard CORE about their yards.
We should probably do something to ours before word gets back to the Weed Police that we have a few clumps here and there. That (gasp!), we aren't doing anything about.