January 24, 2010
From the pro-lawn camp, I often hear the argument that lawns are good for the environment because they help remove Carbon Dioxide from the environment.
That they remove it may be true, but as I read today, it may turn out that the input costs in maintaining a lawn (or even worse, a turfgrass space) may actually cost the environment more than it gives back. And, really, there are other options to the traditional, water-hog, nutrient hog swath of grassy greenness that so many of us picture as an irreplaceable part of the American landscape.
I encourage you to take a moment to consider what your input of traditional lawn fertilizer might do this spring — or any other time. Perhaps this year you’ll choose to remove the lawn altogether, seed with eco-turf mixes that self-feed your meadow-like lawn or opt for truly natural, organic methods for keeping your lawn healthy. Remember, the cost of that cheap bag of weed ‘n feed type turf builder that seems to make your lawn so perfect so easily is quite likely much higher than you think when you check out at the store.