Lush, green and freshly mowed, well-maintained lawns may be as
American as democracy itself. Many homeowners view managing pristine
yards as a way to respect their property and neighbors. However, due to
droughts in recent years plus a growing interest in sustainable living,
more people are looking to “unlawn” America. Here are a few reasons why:
1. Lawns use large amounts of resources and chemicals. There
are 40 million acres of manicured turf in the U.S. (more than any
irrigated farm crop), and upkeep requires massive amounts of water,
fertilizers, pesticides, and gasoline.
2. Lawns alter natural landscapes and ecosystems.
Most lawn grasses aren’t native to American soil, and yard maintenance
requires killing off existing plants and limiting habitats for wildlife.
3. Lawns can represent a decades-old tradition. According to BusinessInsider.com, Americans spend about $30 billion on lawn care each year. TheAtlantic.com
puts it this way, “We spend our money and our resources and our time
cultivating our carpets of green not just because we want to, but
because we are expected to.”
advocates promote non-traditional yards that are as attractive as they
are eco-friendly. Some commercial and residential landscaping now
features native plants, cultivated gardens or mowed paths through wild
grasses, hoping to maintain properties that respect both nature and the
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