…when the City of Albuquerque screws up its landscaping.

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Sigh.

So much for hoping they landscape correctly this year.

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So sloppy!

They’re supposed to leave the grasses intact for winter interest. In the above photo, they left some of them, then incorrectly pruned the rest (they should’ve pruned them lower, and why are they all different shapes?).

In the below photo, I guess they haven’t gotten that far.

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Those blank spaces are from where the grasses have died from the bad pruning in previous years. So I guess it’s official that they’ll never learn. Or don’t care.

Lazy, lazy landscaping. They do the same in parks all over the city, then homeowners copycat what they see. And I spend a lot of time facepalming my way around town.

In other news:

I had this post ready to publish yesterday, but then I got sidetracked by a call to respond to a house fire. The Red Cross dispatched me and another volunteer to help an elderly gentleman who was the victim of an arson fire. Poor guy. He was just minding his own business, then suddenly his house was on fire. Maybe it was kids, or mean-spirited adults, we’ll probably never know. He was lucky, he wasn’t hurt, and the damage was contained to the outside of his house (so his clothes and possessions weren’t hurt).

He was a retired army veteran, and a kind soul. We got him into a hotel for the next three days, and provided money for food. We’ll also work with him in the coming days to see if the VA can help him get into a new place.

I don’t know if many of you heard the NPR piece criticizing the National Red Cross recently. It was tough to hear, because I know how hard volunteers like myself work to help the people in our cities and across the country.

One thing that a lot of people don’t know is that our local chapter of the Red Cross doesn’t get money from the national organization to provide these services to victims of natural disasters. We would only get money from them if a disaster becomes a national disaster, like Hurricane Sandy did because it affected so many states. In Albuquerque, we usually just have home fires, so we don’t get funding from them. Our funding comes from local donations.

Stories like the one that aired on NPR will most likely end up hurting our local fundraising, because people won’t want to donate due to our association with the larger organization. It’s a shame. We do good work.

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

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