I spent a portion of a recent weekend pulling weeds in what I consider to be a common area of the subdivision where I live but that is considered my property (and my responsibility) by the managing Home Owner Association (HOA). I had pulled weeds from there several weeks ago but after some recent rain and sunshine a small forest of assorted weeds had sprung up practically overnight.
Reasons for weeding
You might be thinking it rather odd that, in this day and age, I’m assorted weeds manually from the dirt and rock area by the mailboxes when any home improvement store would happily sell me a weed-killing liquid in a 1 gallon container with a convenient spray nozzle. I sometimes question my reasons too given that weeding was a childhood activity I loathed with passion. But as an adult I find it enjoyable to strap my iPod to my arm and decimate the weed population squatting on my property while listening to my favorite tunes. Especially as spring has come somewhat early to Central Arizona and Chandler it’s a beautiful time to be outside enjoying the sun while temperatures are still squarely rooted in the two-digit range. Finally, it’s also greener to pull weeds manually; spraying them with some unholy concoction of chemicals that kills them slowly over time and leaves their shriveled remains in place for weeks just doesn’t appeal to me.
Pull versus spray
I will admit that spraying weeds with weed killer requires less time and doesn’t get dirt under one’s nails but it has so many negative effects that are either hidden or not addressed. The obvious is the immediate effect – once I pull the weed out of the ground my weed issue has been resolved but two minutes after spraying said weed with weed killer it’s still very much in residence. On a microscopic level it’s already feeling the effects of the toxic shower but to the naked eye (or sun glassed eye in the case of local residents) the weed problem still exists. Weeds sprayed with weed killer take a period of time to die and dissolve away, which is not something I want to see – the weeds I relocate manually end up in the garbage can within minutes of their removal from the ground. The mailboxes for the surrounding homes are positioned in that strip of property and it would seem that the area is a favorite dog defecation spot, so the potential for a neighborhood animal to gnaw on the now-toxic plant is not a palpable proposition to me. Further, spraying a weed typically involves spraying the immediate area around the weed as well, so the contaminated area is far larger than the weed’s footprint. So, for all those reasons, I prefer to extradite the weeds manually.
How weeding relates to you
So, how does this relate to running a business? I will present my answer to that question in part 2 of this blog post, which will appear on Friday.