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Lawns are a living anachronism

Lawns are a living anachronism
Lawns are not only a soul-crushing time suck, they're a wasteful, resource-hungry and often toxic monoculture that benefits no one and nothing.

One of the first things I saw this morning was this report from CNN:
Why the Great American Lawn is terrible for the West’s water crisis

That whole headline could be lopped off after “terrible,” frankly. But it’s a good story. Plenty of good information, that lots of folks might be surprised to read. Such as:

Besides the intensive water use, gas-powered lawn mowers emit pollutants that can cause cancer and planet-warming gases, which in turn contributes to the climate crisis and the region’s drought.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, gas-powered lawn and gardening equipment released more than 22 million tons of carbon emissions in 2018. Each year, the agency estimates that over 17 million gallons of gasoline are spilled just refueling the equipment.
Grass also has a harder time accessing and absorbing water when it’s fertilized, which means more frequent watering is needed. Fertilizers enhance the growth of the plant, which increases its density both above-ground and below. The roots can become compacted, which ultimately reduces the soil’s ability to hold water.
Scientists have linked the use of fertilizers to an increase in evapotranspiration, the process by which water moves from the ground to the air. In the West, the lack of precipitation and an increase in evaporative demand — also known as the “thirst of the atmosphere” — are the two major drivers of the region’s water crisis. Warmer temperatures increase the amount of water the atmosphere can absorb, which then dries out the landscape.

The story is a little shy on history. But this New York Times piece covers it nicely.