Lawn Care – A Waste Of Resources Rant

[Not exactly about trash picking, but anti-waste]. I hate lawns. I despise them. I think they are a ridiculous waste of energy, resources & time. They waste water, money & land that would be better served by planting food, creating natural habitats, and well, encouraging things to live. Is having a green lawn important enough to poison where you live? Do the people who chemically treat their lawn give any thought to what it’s doing to the environment, or, at the very least, the ground they live on?

About a year ago, my boyfriend was building a wheelchair ramp in a senior retirement community. He commented to me that, in different areas of the development, he saw at least three dead robins. I’m a bird watcher, so he asked me what I thought. Spring had just started & I asked if they have green, manicured lawns, & he said yes, a company came in and maintained them. I told him it was probably the chemicals they’re using to treat the lawns. He was a little stunned, which surprised me, as he is generally very sensitive to nature (yes, were counting lawns in developments as nature….).

Tell me, what have your experiences been with chemically treated lawns?

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6 Responses to Lawn Care – A Waste Of Resources Rant

  1. Jimi C says:

    I have just recently really started taking care of my yard, for the longest time it was just there. Raising kids and life in general was way more important. After Having he foundation of the house repaired we landscaped the yard with Local variates of plants, not a true Xeriscape but as close as we could come. We also only use organic products on our yard. Still working on getting it all together. A nice green yard does fit in nature. We have one of the most popular bird feeders and baths in the neighborhood. Our water consumption has not gone up that much and the benefits of a natural lawn are very real to me.

  2. Jimi C says:

    I have just recently really started taking care of my yard, for the longest time it was just there. Raising kids and life in general was way more important. After Having he foundation of the house repaired we landscaped the yard with Local variates of plants, not a true Xeriscape but as close as we could come. We also only use organic products on our yard. Still working on getting it all together. A nice green yard does fit in nature. We have one of the most popular bird feeders and baths in the neighborhood. Our water consumption has not gone up that much and the benefits of a natural lawn are very real to me.

  3. trashfinds says:

    Thanks for sharing! I agree, a green yard does fit in nature & your approach is a great example of how to enjoy one by adding to native habitat without using chemicals. I think the addition of a natural green lawn is a plus, especially for kids & pets to romp. I know I don’t have the energy to care for one! I’d love to see a pic of your yard & popular feeder/baths!

  4. trashfinds says:

    Thanks for sharing! I agree, a green yard does fit in nature & your approach is a great example of how to enjoy one by adding to native habitat without using chemicals. I think the addition of a natural green lawn is a plus, especially for kids & pets to romp. I know I don’t have the energy to care for one! I’d love to see a pic of your yard & popular feeder/baths!

  5. DanMackison says:

    I’ve heard some great things about clover lawns instead of grass.

    http://www.doityourself.com/stry/cloverlawn

  6. DanMackison says:

    I’ve heard some great things about clover lawns instead of grass.

    http://www.doityourself.com/stry/cloverlawn

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