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Landscaping-Gardening Why does it have to be either one or the other? Seems to me that we as a people have developed a peculiar singular polarity at being one or the other on everything – right or left, Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, "organic" or "chemical". Why does everything need to be identified with a "polar tag label"? For that matter, why do we have to live that way? I suppose it is easier to describe something or someone if we don’t have to consider that vast "middle ground" that lies between. I suppose also that it is easier to take a stand somewhere if we don’t have to consider to many facts. Consider for a moment if we had to describe everything instead of applying labels. Why, the "Hillbilly" might have to be described thusly: "A rotund, scruffy-looking chap of average height with an obvious aversion to shaving and being hygienically challenged, coupled with having an obvious lack of understanding for proper fashion etiquette and decorum" Doesn’t quite "ROLL OFF THE TONGUE" does it? Well it’s OK by me if we apply a few labels now and then. After all I’m too lazy to wrestle with to many big words. But don’t call me "ORGANIC"! Rather call me "pragmatic", "realistic", "respectful", "understanding", "enlightened" – anything but organic. I may garden using "organic methods", but that doesn’t mean that the "Hillbilly" won’t pick up a bottle of good old "chemicals" should the need arise. I’m a realist with a deep respect for the land and environment, myself, my family and those who .e after me. In other words, I’m a "realistic middle-grounder" who doesn’t subscribe to earthly "polar absolutes"! A good gardener is expected to learn, grow, adapt and use good judgment constantly. And learning, tells the gardener that the right chemicals, used in moderation, at the right times, for the right purposes and at the right concentrations DO NOT harm the environment as some would lead you to believe. Growth and good judgment as a gardener teaches you prudence as to when it is proper to reach for the "BIG GUNS" rather than continue to do battle with less effective means simply because they’re "organic". Proper prudence and good judgment in everything we do dictates that we use the minimum amount of force needed to effect the change desired. What this means is that for the vast majority of gardening efforts, organic methods are extremely adequate. But if you have a crop of poison ivy to eradicate or army worms are invading your garden, sticking by your organic methods is foolhardy to say the least. A couple of facts to consider with the scenarios above (and there are many more). Poison Ivy, given the right circumstance can and has led to documented cases of blindness, respiratory blockages, acute infections, hearing loss and a host of other problems. Even though you may have handled it many times before, the human body goes through a physiological change approximately every 7 years and what caused you no ill effect this year may trigger an acute allergic reaction next year. Simply put, it doesn’t mean you’re immune – just "lucky". Army Worms invade by the thousands all at once. Anyone who has seen such an invasion will not soon forget the "brown carpet" of worms moving across the ground. Organic methods normally require the pests to ingest fairly large amounts of the substance over longer periods of time in order to have the desired effect. If thousands of worms each ate enough of your garden to be effected by the organic substances, how much garden would be left? As there are currently few chemicals and no organics that will kill on contact, wouldn’t you want to limit the number of bites out of your plants needed to be effective, to be as few as possible? Grasshoppers are another one that should be mentioned, even though they weren’t mentioned before because they are so .mon. Most organic methods are largely ineffectual against them and those that are, require very high amounts to be ingested as Grasshoppers are somewhat unaffected by most organic methods. In normal years, the populations of these critters are low enough that it is not a big deal to control them organically. But what about when they have one of their periodic explosions when they emerge by the millions? And Termites! But we won’t go there now. But I will tell that the most .monly used so-called ".anic" control is not .anic at all! True gardening isn’t about being ".anic" or "chemical". It’s about having a respect for your soil, your garden, your environment and yourself. It’s about using good judgment and only bringing as much force to bear as is needed and occasionally it might require a "bigger hammer". But after the emergency has past – put that big hammer back in your toolbox. You don’t need it anymore and if you used good judgment and sound reasoning, your big hammer will grow rusty from lack of use and the land and environment will heal as if nothing happened. But your big hammer will still be their – just in case. So don’t let yourself be labeled as one or the other. But rather respect and care for the land and the environment, use only the amount of force needed to effect change and you will be labeled "A GOOD STEWARD". About the Author: 相关的主题文章: