"Regarding your lawn, what is your preference?"
- 8% said "I must have a perfect lawn (like a putting green), and am willing to pay any price for it."
- 26% said "I would have a perfect lawn, but can't afford it."
- 66% said "I am not that particular as long as it's green."
While this is not a scientific sampling, it does indicate that our love for our lawns is not what some might think. Bormann, Balmori and Geballe in Redesigning The American Lawn: A Search for Environmental Harmony (1993) argued that Americans were too much in love with the ideal lawn, "a rich sward of pure grass", and that our love affair was detrimental to the environment due to overuse of pesticides and fertilizers. Perhaps it was never so, or perhaps things have changed, for a sizable majority of respondents indicated that they are "not that particular."
When I was growing up in the '50s and '60s, my parents were of a slightly different category: "just so long as the grass and weeds are the same height." Green didn't matter. Brown and even would do.
My recent blog article, Lawn Grass Substitutes, explores some of these issues and suggests a number of alternatives. I hope you find it interesting and useful.
Participate in our next Community Poll at goGardenNow.com and let us know what you think! You'll see the poll in the right-hand side-bar.