Monday, October 15, 2007

Blog Action Day

Although I am not nearly as environmentally conscientious as many other bloggers I know, especially my Garden Rant colleagues, who water far less and plant far more native plants or organically-grown vegetables than I do, there is one area where I think I'm doing the right thing.

I don't grow any grass. I have nothing against it as a plant—it is beautiful in its way—but most of the lawns I see are clearly doused regularly with chemicals—to fertilize, to eradicate weeds, and to kill pests. Then, too, in order to keep them green, most require a ton of water. Then there is the mowing—and they all require this—often with polluting gasoline-powered mowers. These have no catalytic converters and can do a lot more damage than most cars, if used regularly. (One hour of power mowing may cause as much pollution as driving a car 1300 miles. Some say it’s more like 3200 miles.)

Recently, I helped defend a friend (scroll this whole category to see all the posts on Jean's garden) who maintains a shrub and perennial insect-friendly, bird-friendly front garden with no chemicals and hardly any watering. Next Blog Action Day, I hope many more of my friends and neighbors will be hosting such spaces.

See ranter Susan Harris's great BAD post here. Find out more about BAD here. BTW, where are the Buffalo blogs? I don't see any local BAD posts. (And now I will refrain from the obvious puns.)


Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I must commend you on having no lawn. I'm not there yet, as I have kids & a husband who want turf for sporting activities. Someday, I hope to get rid of all the lawn grass & replace it with prairie plants.

Annie in Austin said...

You stories about Jean were compelling reading, EAL!

It would be awfully hard to keep a lawn if I had to use chemicals and water all the time. But St Augustine doesn't need much help to be reasonably green where I live, and unlike many Central Texas natives, it grows in shady clay.

While I won't get rid of all my lawn, the amount has been greatly reduced since we moved in!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

kate said...

There's something to be said about not having a lawn - most people complain about needing to mow their lawns. It seems to be a perennial complaint, at least in these parts. Since our summers are often dry, lawn maintenance is a huge drain on water supplies. I haven't yet felt anything but relief for having turned my lawn into flowerbeds. I have to read more about Jean!