“What are some of the noticeable changes you have seen in your sixty years of living on Stinking Creek?” There are so many but at this time of the year, I think so quickly of the weed-eater. This has certainly changed the complexion of so many of our homes.
We have so many weeds, grasses and vines that grow so tall; it was a bit overwhelming by the middle of August. Houses and whole farms can disappear behind a “forest” of horse-weeds, stick weeds, poke and many others. Each of these weeds can easily grow up to ten or more feet high. Then drape them with beautiful morning glories or other vines and you have a wilderness. Then add some poison ivy and blackberry vines to complicate the picture.
Spring time and you are determined to keep ahead and battle the weeds with the mule-pulled-cultivator and hoe, but so often lose the battle by the middle of August. Even using animals like goats and cows could not even keep up with the growth, especially if the summer was like this years hot, wet weather. In former years slopes from the front yard to the road and ditch made a regular hedge. Some people attacked these areas with the garden hoe, sickles and tobacco knives, but usually became overwhelmed in late summer. But put the weed-eater into the picture and it changes the view drastically. In older times it seemed the women were the ones trying to improve the yard but with a weed-eater the men seemed to take more of an interest. I guess it has something to do with using a tool that intrigues men to take an interest. There seems to be a heightened interest and pride in a manicured lawn. Oh, yes, the weed-eater has made its mark.