Did you, or anyone you know, spend time mowing a lawn this past weekend ? Green expanses of shortly cropped grass have been a North American Icon since the 1950s.
Environmentalists are telling us, however, that it might be time to reconsider lawns. Each year millions of gallons of gas are spent on noisy, polluting lawnmowers. Chemicals used on lawns eventually make their way into the water supply.
Every time I see a lawn sprinkler, I think of the world’s girls and women, who collectively spend two hundred million hours every day hauling water. (UNICEF statistics)
In order to help facilitate a graceful retirement, my husband and I replaced part of our lawn. We planted Creeping Thyme, which is a lovely ground cover and blooms purple during the summer. We also placed beach rocks on the property. We retained a small lawn which my husband cuts with a light, battery operated mower.
By reducing lawns, and the maintenance they require, we can reduce our carbon footprint.