Many Americans view a stand of millions of uniformly trimmed grass blades, unencumbered by errant dandelions, crabgrass and other weedy greenery, as the ultimate status symbol … right up there with driving the cool car, wearing the fashionable dress, or using the latest electronic gadget.
I've made a lot of gardening oops – GOOPs for short - over the decades. I've placed plants into unpleasing combinations, forgotten where I planted bulbs, and neglected to deadhead prolific self-seeding perennials. I fess up to these GOOPs here on the first of each month hoping that, by sharing my mis-steps, other gardeners may avoid doing the same. My GOOPs may wreak havoc on my discerning eye, my gardening budget, or my gardening time but my faux pas don't hold a candle to the the pile of sewage the National Wildlife Federation stepped into when it announced collaboration between it and Scotts Miracle-Gro.