I WONDER…is there anything you won’t permit in your garden? Something, perhaps, which makes your blood boil when you see it in the yards of others? Here are a few of my “Garden Taboos” (dyed mulch, pictured above, is one), followed, I hope, by yours:
1. Dyed Mulch. How I cringe when I see this unnaturally-colored stuff. Mulch is meant to keep weeds down, and to help reduce moisture loss. It is not, I feel, intended for “decoration.” You might have a different opinion.
2. Japanese Beetle Traps. These contain a sex pheromone as a lure. But guess what? Studies have shown the traps attract more beetles than they actually catch. Hang one in your yard, and your yard will become an all-you-can-eat buffet.
3. A Weed-Free Lawn. I let weeds grow in my lawn, and for good reason. The weeds — especially clover — are enjoyed by woodchucks and rabbits that in turn leave my roses and other ornamental plants alone.
So what’s taboo for you? Spill your thoughts in the comments thread below.
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