The Joy of Weeding When It Stays Weeded

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Real Estate Sales Representative with William Raveis Real Estate

This has always been my favorite time of year to weed because when I yank those nasty invaders, they all stay weeded and I don’t have to worry about the chore again until next spring. But, I speak out of both sides of my mouth, because I actually enjoy weeding. To me it’s therapy, and it’s a compulsive activity.

It never fails. I’ll be in a rush to meet a client, dashing to my garage across my parking area, covered with crushed bluestone, and I’ll spy a tiny fleck of green peeking through the gravel. I must stop to pull it out.

When I bend over, I drop my car keys, my glasses fall out of my breast pocket and, if the weed is deep-rooted, like a dandelion, my hands get dirty, requiring that I return to the house to wash them after the deed is done.

Or, I’m coming home very late, dead tired, and I notice that, almost like spontaneous combustion, that nasty grout weed has all but consumed a clump of perennial geraniums. It’s getting dark but there I am, stooped over again, releasing those delicate flowers from the clutches of that hostile invader.

Worse yet, we might be entertaining guests on our patio and, in my peripheral vision, I detect another unwelcome visitor in a nearby flower bed. Nonchalantly, I’ll push myself out of my glider, perhaps in the middle of a sentence, and conduct an enemy attack without missing a beat. Annoyed, my wife later tells me that I must not have been giving full attention to our guests.

Yes, I confess. I’m a compulsive weeder.

When I first discovered the joys of gardening as a youngster, it was all about planting annuals and seeing quick results. But by the time I was in high school, perhaps in dealing with my impetuous nature, I found that I equally enjoyed pulling weeds to help ease those first bouts of post-adolescent anxiety.

My weeding addiction became full blown as an adult when I moved to Westchester from the city and my responsibilities were upgraded from a small square patch of earth in front of my house, where a sickly gingko tree sprang from the concrete sidewalk, to a verdant acre and a half of lawn and garden.

At the same time, I had started a new job and commuted a long distance every weekday to report to a boss who was the “Mr. Hyde” personality of all time. My weeding activity was especially intense during that period. Every time I yanked a weed, it was as though I was vicariously yanking his head bald, even though he was already bald.

Lest one think that I need intervention, I would say that there are good compulsive habits and this might be one of them.

To read the rest of this column, click here. Bill Primavera is a Realtor® associated with William Raveis Real Estate and Founder of Primavera Public Relations, Inc. (www.PrimaveraPR.com). His real estate site is www.PrimaveraRealEstate.com, and his blog is www.TheHomeGuru.com. To engage the services of The Home Guru to market your home for sale, call (914) 522-2076.

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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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I was going to suggest professional help or perhaps an intervention but I then found the method to your madness. (The weed intervention hobby)

I hope your week has been awesome so far Bill Primavera 

Oct 13, 2016 10:43 AM #1
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Bill- be careful or we'll be sending you our addresses with lawns replete with weeds. 

Oct 15, 2016 10:02 AM #2
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                        Thank you Bill Primavera 

Oct 15, 2016 10:52 AM #3
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
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I am trying to think if I have such a compulsion...weeds? No.  But I do stop and pick up every penny I see on the ground...close I guess!

Oct 15, 2016 10:10 PM #4
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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You may want to "weed out" some of these complulsive habits!

Oct 16, 2016 12:13 AM #5
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I had to laugh at your post, Bill, as there is a bit of this in me as well. Problem here in SoCal is weeding is a year-round activity because of our weather. There is just no down-time. I've even been known to pull a few weeds at my listings!

Jeff

Oct 16, 2016 01:29 AM #6
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Bill, hysterical and so smart at the same time! I love the idea that this is a GOOD compulsive behavior (I didn't know any of those existed). 

I loved this post--you're a terrific writer. 

Oct 16, 2016 02:44 AM #7
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I cannot walk past a weed in a sellers yard without stopping to pluck it. Call it my contribution to improving the landscape one home at a time!

Oct 16, 2016 05:19 AM #8
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Sharon Tara
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Reminds me of my compulsion....not weeds but split ends.

That's right split ends on my hair.

I could sit for hours cutting them off. I've been known to cover my sweater with little hairs as I snip snip away. 

I find it very relaxing.

Talk about true confessions. LOL

Oct 16, 2016 08:43 AM #9
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Sharon Tara I truly did not know that about you.  Split ends, huh!

Oct 16, 2016 08:48 AM #10
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Bill-As a avid gardener I loved this posts. I have a half acre yard and so I have had to pull my fair share of weeds. This made me smile

Oct 16, 2016 10:30 AM #11
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Now if we compare these weeds with the bad habits.... it's a good compulsion, Bill Primavera .

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