Lawn gods don’t ask for much.

Who knew that all you have to do to maintain a spectacular lawn is cut and aerate it. The occasional re-seeding helps too.


This grass in Raymore Park hasn’t been treated with weed killer or insecticides in this century and is cut relatively infrequently (with a mulching mower) and aerated annually. In spite of that (or perhaps because of it) there are no bare patches, few weeds and no animal diggings for grubs. When a weed killer ban was proposed around 1999, there was a huge outcry from those who thought that weeds would replace grass in Toronto’s parks. Somehow, the chemical lawn brigade’s fears were as justified as those around computers and the Millennium.

There is a tree that leans at a jaunty angle and I confess to walking at a brisker pace when underneath it. I have the impression that the lean is increasing so perhaps this winter will be its last.



Lastly this group of Hooded Mergansers have returned to the Humber to add an exotic air. They are quite shy but don’t seem to mind hanging around with the resident mallards.



One thought on “Lawn gods don’t ask for much.

  1. acer rubrum

    That leaning tree is a Norway Maple. The invasive’s lifespan here in Canada isn’t that long; it’s shorter than a hundred years. One of the ways they often die is by the way of falling and collapsing. I suppose you notice that where Norway Maples are dominant in a particular area there’s barely anything growing under them?



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