By Cultivating New Life, You Can Respect the Old

Landscaping can also be about remembering someone who has left this world.  For example, groundskeepers are frequently employed to mow, maintain the cleanliness, and keep the appearance of cemeteries.  This is not just a sign of respect for those who have have died, but also serves as a welcome relief to those who are about to bring a loved one to their final resting place that their loved one’s body, because their spirit is already gone from this world, will be lying forever in a well tended to environment.  This outward appearance that the cemetery projects is also inviting those who get a sense of comfort from visiting their loved one’s gravestone, sitting there for a while, and/or possibly bringing flowers or memorabilia to sit with their loved one at the site.  

Groundskeepers are tasked with maintaining many huge areas, not just cemeteries, but also huge and elaborate mansions, gardens that are open for the public to view, national monuments and parks, as well as other public buildings and spaces with any kind of flora and fauna that might need to be maintained for aesthetic reasons.  

I mean, think about it.  The lawns of courthouses, the Washington Mall, the Botanical Gardens, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Rose Garden, and the grounds of the fictitious Downton Abbey are all very well cared for and immaculately groomed partially because the American attractions here are funded by the government, I mean taxpayers, who expect nothing less than an outward appearance of perfection, and, if we are unable to behave our best we should at least look our best, spare no expense.  

Maintaining these areas can range from to simply trimming the grass with a mower to trimming the hedges, all the way to anything as complicated and detail oriented as pruning roses and other such flowers that require pruning.  Some of these areas also have water features, mainly in the form of water fountains, which require cleaning and other such maintenance.  Some guests to these attractions might even use these water features as wishing wells, which they are not supposed to do because the presence of these coins could pollute the water and kill whatever fish, or other aquatic life, might be living there.  These coins also cause a mixture of rust and other gunk to form in the fountain, which takes forever to clean and must be removed at the earliest possible moment.  Because of these instances, maintaining these grounds (cemeteries, federally owned lands, etc.) is very much a full-time job that is very labor intensive, making it not for the elderly or the faint of heart.  Those individuals would be more advised to take up gardening at their local community center and/or in their own front yard or backyard, for safety purposes.  

If I know anything about the guys at Ware Landscaping, who I’ve hired year after year for my own lawn, they take great pride in the work they do and will be fully respectful of the land they’re working with.

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