It use to disturb me when locals dug up every blade of grass in sight. It is dry and brown enough here already without added effort to reduce every bit of vegetation. I recently changed my opinion when the path to and area around the toilets at school became very overgrown. I’m accustomed to watching out for ants, roaches, lizards and rats when going to the toilets. Having to be watchful for snakes as well is too much.
Others at school must have felt the same way because Tuesday morning learners from grades 6 and 7 were dismissed from classes for two hours in order to manually clear the area around the school toilets (mowing doesn’t seem to be an option).
The roots do not grow deep so it does not take much effort to dig up the vegetation. It is a bit dense, so it can be labor intensive. Not a huge problem for 100 kids, although at any given moment at least half were leaning on or twirling their rakes and shovels.
At least 3 teachers stayed in the yard (with umbrellas in tow) to supervise the task. Sorry for the lost class time, but grateful for a clear path to the toilet.