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“I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you, and not to harm you; plans to give you a hope and a future.”
— Jeremiah 29:11

I was mowing the lawn the other day, getting ready for a house party, and I couldn’t help but notice how nice the lawn looked — for it was freshly mowed and trimmed — and yet how ratty it looked at the same time. It was looking pretty brown and spare in spots and looked nothing like I want our lawn to look.

The main reason it was looking so bad is simply because we have been treating the lawn for weeds, like Canadian thistle (and clover, and dandelions, and who knows what else), and the death and decline of noxious weeds was eliminating much of what was giving our yard any sense of green to begin with! So, it looks horrible.

As much as I would love to have a golf-course quality lawn right now, I know that it cannot happen overnight. It takes time for the herbicides to do their work, and for the lawn to do its work in growing, seeding and filling in where the weeds once were. I do not believe we will ever have a lawn or yard that will win a neighborhood beauty contest, even if we do everything we can over the next few years, but I am confident that over time it will show an improvement over its current condition...


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