High grass necessary to save daffodils
It has been brought to our attention that a few community members were concerned about the high grass in portions of the mowed grass in front of Fairview Elementary School this past spring. This is not due to neglect or broken equipment but to the beautiful daffodils that bloom in the front of the school each spring.
For the past eight years, Mountain Laurel Garden Club, with the help of several Blount County Master Gardeners, have planted bulbs with the students. Each student has planted at least one bulb a year, and we have told them that they should be able to see their flowers for years to come. Hundreds of dollars from the club and many volunteer hours have been contributed to this project.
In order for the bulbs to continue blooming and also multiply, the green foliage must remain uncut until it turns brown, usually four to six weeks after blooming. Due to unusual weather conditions this spring, the flowers bloomed several weeks longer than usual and the heavy rains made the grass grow faster, resulting in the high meadow look in front of the school.
We hope residents will be understanding and ignore the few weeks of high grass, in order to continue enjoying the beautiful yellow blooms that can even be seen from U.S. 411. We hope to continue this project with the students for years to come.
Brenda Gregory, President
Mountain Laurel Garden Club
3933 Glenn Oaks Drive
Maryville, TN 37804