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Apr 19, 2014 9:45PM
People have quite a few views on lawns but there are only a couple of real accurate statements about lawns in general. They can use a lot of water if happen to choose a turf that requires it. These turf types are better grown in climates that have a bunch of rain or some other watershed advantage. There are certain types of turf that are very water conservative such as Bermuda or some variety of bent grass.

People tend to use way to much fertilizer, which finds it's way into ground water, but this can be avoided by remembering that more is not better and can cause all types of issues with turf. Also fertilizing at the right time of year with the correct mix of fertilizer can reduce or nearly eliminate any run off or toxic turf conditions.

Turf in certain quantities can reduce ambient temperatures in the surrounding area by as much as 15 degrees.It also generates O2 in the generation of it's food. Remember these easy to remember items. 1. Right turf in the right locations  2. Right amount of fertilizer at the right time of year. Keep those thoughts in mind and you will have a nice looking yard that will give you a little work out on the weekends that is good for it's surrounding atmosphere. 
Apr 19, 2014 12:15PM
I love my rocks  here in Las Vegas, screw lawns!
Nov 3, 2013 2:43AM
when muslims and Africans take over the white house it's time for americans to move out.
May 3, 2013 4:18AM

We have an outside lawn. Last year, when we moved in, it was in terrible condition. It was power seeded and watered. Now it is in good condition. In Northern Virginia we are blessed with enough  rain water.

No chemicals. No electric mower. I do it with a non electric push mower. It takes me about 45 minutes.

Would like to make a part of this lawn a vegetable garden but the Association does not allow that. I am this year growing herbs and vegetables in pots on our balcony and patio. It is fun.


We are both retired and in the late, late seventy's. Keeps us moving.


Good luck everybody




Apr 18, 2013 2:24AM
Dear  Inoyou.  Jesus said "When Pride comes Same follows".    That is good enough for me...
Apr 17, 2013 6:47AM

Actually, now is a great time to consider replacing part or all of your lawn with beddings of plants that require less water, as weel as adding areas covered by mulch, decorative stones, etc.


Grass lawns consume huge amounts of water, and a "well-maintained" lawn is marketing code for the use of fertilizers and weed killers that eventually become runoff in your local waterways.  It's a major reaon that lakes and canals experience more algal blooms each year and the fish are unsafe to eat.


A little effort today will mean a healthier Earth for generations to come.


Apr 17, 2013 6:46AM

I live in Texas and we under some tough draught times here. I decided to just let my lawn go last year because water was rationed here and the price was not one my pocket book could afford. I didn't mow, it burned up, but went to seed mind you. I figured I would lose my rose bushes and other plants in my yard. Well, our winter was so mild, the rain was sparse, but it seemed to come at exactly the times the plants needed it the most. I have 13 trees, figured would loose some of those, But they are all leafing out and the grass has come up and I have had to drag out the weed eater and Lawn mower. My plants have all went lush with leaves and blossoms.  Now I do my best to stay away from chemicals on my lawn and plants.  I have 9 dogs, all but 4 of them are rescues. Yes, I have trails in my yard since we got the big footed American Bulldog, but that's okay. The neighbors are always coming by and wanting starters, I tell them to go ahead get a cutting and how to start them and my statement is....stay away from the chemicals, let Mother Nature take care of them.

Apr 17, 2013 6:22AM
Ya my lawn that is under 2 feet of snow ,,,,,, lol
Apr 17, 2013 6:02AM
I have two very large lab's, I gave up on trying to grow grass, a dirt yard is just fine for me.
Apr 17, 2013 5:30AM

Or you can do it using permaculture and stop working so hard. Here is a link to an article written by Paul Wheaton, "the Duke of permaculture".  at rich soil . com  You all should really be interviewing him !


Apr 17, 2013 4:46AM
Fine, fine, fine...if you live in the northeast, New England or the Great Lakes areas. Guess what? There are a few people in the United States that live in the South and Southwest and the West Coast. All the so-called experts in most of these articles provide information for the NE-centric population. Spread the wealth, people.
TOTAL waste.....grow gardens..or hell, grow CACTUS Gardens. something,
Apr 17, 2013 4:18AM
My lawn grows like it is on steroids.  I never ever use any fertilizers, as I do not believe in chemicals and agree with prior poster that they cause cancer.  But I have to mow my lawn twice as often as my neighbors.  Any tips on how to slow the grass down?
Apr 17, 2013 4:12AM
Apr 17, 2013 4:08AM

Amen deccles03 .. ..


Lawns are the least sustainable part of any landscape. Their maintenance consumes radical amounts of water, requires production and use of chemicals that leach into waterways, and cause significant contributions to the carbon footprint through operation of small engine powered mowers/trimmers/blowers. It is way past the time to invest in other alternatives - and synthetic lawns are not part of the solution! - - -

         From a 'sage' landscape architect.

Apr 17, 2013 3:43AM
I've surrendered. Now I'm a contented gardener,raising dandelions.
Apr 17, 2013 3:39AM
Apr 17, 2013 3:14AM
Lawns are one of the most wasteful practices of the last 150 years. They encourage massive overuse of toxic chemicals and water, cost homeowners thousands of dollars to maintain and provide almost zero return on their investment (they're nice to look at, but that's about it)
Instead of throwing your money away on this terrible investment, try converting large portions of your lawn into organic fruit and vegetable gardens. The average family will save between $2000 and $4000 a year on groceries (a nearly $5000 reversal in home expenses), you'll eat better, use fewer toxins and waste less water on the ground and it's something the whole famly can take pride in maintaining. Try getting that kind of ROI anywhere else around your home.

Apr 17, 2013 3:12AM
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