“Awareness is changing in a way that is here to stay,” said Brian Sullivan, a vice president for landscapes at The New York Botanical Garden. “Yard by yard, region by region, the overall environmental impact of this trend, which I think is very positive, is substantial.”
With drought a very real threat for much of the country, and indeed the world, that classic English lawn is looking decidedly less appetizing, no matter how easy it is on the eyes. Water bills and fertilizing issues only exacerbate the problem. That said, ripping out your entire lawn and replacing it with hardy local plants and vegetables is quickly becoming a more reasonable option than the average H.O.A. is willing to admit.
Head through for a nifty article on the growing popularity (and environmental boon) of conscientious lawns, from using hardier grass cultivars to full on xeriscaping. —MN
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