We were surprised this summer when we had a big weed “pop” at the summer’s beginning. That usually doesn’t happen in a year when so much rain occurs. Rain usually brings the grasses out and smothers the weed seed, preventing its germination, but this year we got both, grass and weeds together. Weeds serve several constructive purposes, including providing shade for the soil to keep it from overheating, thus allowing grasses to renew themselves (it is said that soil temperatures above 95 degrees will not produce grass). What’s going on here? Is it possible that the weeds knew we would make a rapid turn to hot and dry, so provided shade in advance of that turn? Who can say, but we have learned this much – never underestimate the supernatural power of Mother Nature.