Growing a Lawn? Why Not a Garden?

The average American spends between 70 and 150 hours a year on lawn care, but only 35 having sex. It seems like it’s time to shift our priorities. Not only is the quest for the perfectly green and groomed lawn a waste of precious time; at its core, perfectionist lawn care is a grossly wasteful, purely ornamental practice that plagues our nation.

Why? In a time when water is becoming more and more of a precious resource, consider the fact that 30 percent of the fresh water used on the East coast is used in lawn care (this includes golf courses). That’s drinkable water that is being squandered to make our lawns more aesthetically pleasing. It is also estimated that seven million birds are killed a year from lawn care pesticides, and the great honeybee die-out (Colony Collapse Disorder) is likely linked to pesticide use. Algae blooms that suffocate freshwater life are caused by lawn fertilizer run-off.

On the other hand, healthy food is out of reach for many Americans because of cost. Access to clean water and healthy food should be a right for all of us. While our manicured lawns are thriving, both people and the environment are suffering.

How can you have a beautiful lawn while supporting the environment and local, affordable food? Encourage biodiversity and grow an organic garden! Growing vegetables and wildflowers not only makes your lawn lush and beautiful, but the money and time you spend on it pays off—you’re growing food. Harvest your veggies throughout the growing season, cut fresh flowers for your home, and know that your efforts are supporting soil health, bee health, waterway health and your own health.

If you cannot put in the effort required to sustain a vibrant garden, consider donating your lawn to someone who will nourish it. In Florida, Fleet Farm does just that. They take donated lawns and convert them into food-producing urban gardens. What’s more, they bike from lawn to lawn and sell the grown produce at local farmer’s markets with a five mile radius—which makes them a pretty green team. What’s stopping your community from implementing such a multi-faceted, beneficial program? Ditch the turf, encourage community gardening and support your fellow locals!

People spend so much money on green, pristine front lawns, it begs the question: Why not grow food? Lawns are water guzzlers and purely ornamental, whereas a diverse garden benefits the soil, bees and your health. For all the money and time a truly manicured lawn requires, why not create something that will give back? It’s time to bring your lawn back to its roots.

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W. C
W. C8 months ago

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William C
William C8 months ago

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Audrey H
Audrey Habout a year ago

Thank you so much for this! Sustainable lawns are definitely the way to go and much more practical and eco-friendly than the standard lush, green counterparts. Growing food is a terrific alternative to a standard yard. I also really love

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Audrey H
Audrey Habout a year ago

Thank you so much for this! Sustainable lawns are definitely the way to go and much more practical and eco-friendly than the standard lush, green counterparts. Growing food is a terrific alternative to a standard yard. I also really love eco lawns that incorporate native plants as they are also a great way to save water. (Succulents are my favorite!) Adding a compost bin to your yard is a great way to make sure your food waste doesn't end up in the landfills! Thanks again for posting!! :) Try PeacefulDumpling for more alternatives to a standard yard. :)

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Audrey H
Audrey Habout a year ago

Thank you so much for this! Sustainable lawns are definitely the way to go and much more practical and eco-friendly than the standard lush, green counterparts. Growing food is a terrific alternative to a standard yard. I also really love eco lawns, such as www.peacefuldumpling.com/eco-lawn details, that incorporate native plants as they are also a great way to save water. (Succulents are my favorite!) Adding a compost bin to your yard is a great way to make sure your food waste doesn't end up in the landfills! Thanks again for posting!! :)

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Audrey H
Audrey Habout a year ago

Thank you so much for this! Sustainable lawns are definitely the way to go and much more practical and eco-friendly than the standard lush, green counterparts. Growing food is a terrific alternative to a standard yard. I also really love eco-lawns that incorporate native plants as they are also a great way to save water. (Succulents are my favorite!) Adding a compost bin to your yard is a great way to make sure your food waste doesn't end up in the landfills! Thanks again for posting!! :)

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers2 years ago

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Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

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william Miller2 years ago

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Jim Ven2 years ago

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