Some people believe that our society's fixation with lawns causes
considerable environmental problems including water depletion,
pesticide and herbicide pollution, habitat degradation, and threats to
biodiversity. The National Lawn Conversiion Program
pulling out your grass and replacing it with native plants. Once it's
done, you save time in maintaining your garden (for us lazy folks),
save on chemicals, water and machines (plus gas) to keep on mowing
For more info on lawn conversions and examples of converted lawns,
visit the Ergonica World of Weeds website weeding tips page.
What does having an expensive lawn really mean?
Thank you, raycruzer. The truly lazy are those who resort to chemical
quick fixes and wasteful practices that are environmentally devastating
combined with the requisite arrogance of ignorance.
There was a recent article of a woman who pours more water on her lawn per
month than I use in three years, and she wasn't the most egregious example.
graced the world with this thought:
Let's see what God might have to say about this:
Imagine the conversation The Creator might have had with St. Francis
on the subject of lawns:
GOD: Frank, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world
is going on down there in the Midwest? What happened to the
dandelions, violets, thistle and stuff I started eons ago? I had a
perfect, no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of
soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from
the long lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks
of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But
all I see are these green rectangles.
ST. FRANCIS: It's the tribes that settled there, Lord. The
Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers "weeds" and went to
great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.
GOD: Grass? But it's so boring. It's not colorful. It doesn't
attract butterflies, birds and bees, only grubs and sod worms. It's
temperamental with temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want
all that grass growing there?
ST. FRANCIS: Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it
and keep it green. They begin each spring by fertilizing grass and
poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.
God: The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really
fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy.
St. Francis: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they
cut it-sometimes twice a week.
God: They cut it? Do they then bail it like hay?
St. Francis: Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in
God: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?
St. Francis: No Sir. Just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.
God: Now let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will
grow. And when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?
St. Francis: Yes, Sir.
God: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut
back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth
and saves them a lot of work.
St. Francis: You aren't going to believe this Lord. When the grass
stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water
it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.
God: What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a
sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves
in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the
autumn they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep
moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. Plus, as they
rot, the leaves form compost to enhance the soil. It's a natural
circle of life.
St. Francis: You better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a
new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great
piles and pay to have them hauled away.
God: No. What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the
winter and to keep the soil moist and loose?
St. Francis: After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy
something which they call mulch. Then haul it home and spread it
around in place of the leaves.
God: And where do they get this mulch?
St. Francis: They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.
God: Enough. I don't want to think about this anymore. St.
Catherine, you're in charge of the arts. What movie have you
scheduled for us tonight?
St. Catherine: Dumb and Dumber, Lord. It's a real stupid movie
God: Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St.
I almost hate to bring politics into this, but on 60 Minutes last
Sunday, Mike Wallace did his alpha dog thing with the president of
Iran and he was knocked off his stealth.
The Iranian was intelligent, tried to give answers, but was shut down
and asked to make simple answers of yes and no to many of his complex
I looked at that and thought, The Ugly American. I wonder if Wallace
has a lawn!
So, let me see if I have this right.
The president of Iran used to be the mayor of Baghdad, and he's part of
a greater Arabic culture.
What's an Arabic-speaking Iraqi doing as president of Persia? Couldn't
find any qualified Iranians for the job?
Guess that means the Iranians are over the resentments of the Iran-Iraq
email@example.com is Joshua Putnam
Really surprising that no one in this thread has mentioned the danger
to babies and children from playing on lawns poisoned by weed-killers
and other harsh lawn chemicals. Many parents will not let their
children play on a friend's lawn unless they check with the parents
about chemical use.
There's no point in mentioning it. Think about the two sides of that debate.
The stoopids who think the chemicals are safe will never believe otherwise
because they CANNOT believe otherwise. These ideas are too closely
intertwined with so many others, including politics. Ditch one idea and you
may have to ditch a dozen others.
On Wed, 16 Aug 2006 18:33:56 GMT, "JoeSpareBedroom"
Respectfully disagree. I thought myself well-informed on such
environmental issues, but it took a visit to a friend who didn't let
her child play on pesticide-ed lawns to raise my consciousness.
I suspect there are many well-intentioned people out there who have
never had the issue come to their attention, and who would take swift
action once they were informed.
The question is how to get the information out there.
Maybe PSAs on TV?
On Fri, 18 Aug 2006 09:18:33 -0700, Persephone wrote:
On every bag of pesticide, which also includes herbicides there is a
WARNING or DANGER on the label. My sister in law figures if she
doubles the amount of Roundup she dilutes in the water it will kill
better. Clearly it tells people NOT to change how much you dilute,
and its probably even an unlawful act in some municipalities.
There is nothing I own which I didn't read the manual. If I read the
manual for a radio, wouldn't you think I would also take a gander at
the pesticide label? Didn't your interest peak when you put it out
asking yourself, gee how much of this goes out on the lawn. How did
you know how to use it? The information is out there, it's right on
the bag in English.
My interest didn't peak because I never use the stuff; have never put
it on my lawn. If I had intended to use a pesticide/herbicide, I
would have read the entire label, just as is your practice.
On Wed, 16 Aug 2006 11:16:14 -0700, Persephone wrote:
This is the 21st century. We've been warning people about pesticide
poisoning by laying on, and walking barefoot on lawns treated with
every manner of toxic waste. If, by this century people don't know
how to read a label, or know these things should not be used, maybe
they're just ignorant and why bother.
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