The following article is one that I recieve from High Country Gardens about low-water use and low-maintenance lawns.
The Web of Life in Your Garden
by David Salman
One of the most chronicled family chores in sitcoms when I was growing up was mowing the lawn. They did it in Mayberry, they did it in Leave it to Beaver and somehow Fred Flintstone did it in Bedrock. And, for as long as the concept of the American Dream has existed, it invariably conjures up a picket fence surrounding a lush green patch of grass. Lawns are ubiquitous in our culture surrounding residences, shopping areas, office complexes and parks. And think about it, a high percent of our favorite sports require turf. Americans love their grass.
But, traditional lawn care and maintenance is an ecological nightmare. Americans spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours cultivating that greener grass with millions of pounds of fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides creating consequences of which most are unaware.
Thirsty lawns also contribute to energy waste and use huge amounts of potable water. Pumping all this water onto millions of acres of high water lawns uses enormous amounts of energy. For many municipalities, pumping water consumes more electrical power than any other need.
I recommend using selected native grasses (Buffalo, ‘Bella’ Blue Grass or Blue Grama) or slow growing, dwarf turf varieties that are water thrifty, slow growing and don’t require weekly mowing. Our ‘Low Work and Water‘ lawn seed mix delivers the beauty and benefits of a turf grass lawn without all the work and water.
Creating a low-care, natural prairie is another approach. Blending buffalo grass with ‘Hachita’ Blue Grama grass plugs can create a beautiful meadow grass blend. Use the buffalo grass where traffic is higher and let the grama go un-mowed in your borders or less traveled areas. The “eyelash” seed head is truly magical! Add wildflower seed mix and you will enjoy the beauty of a natural meadow for years to come.
But even if you choose not to replace your existing lawn just yet, switch to organic lawn care by using natural and organic fertilizers like Yum Yum Mix and TTP Supreme Compost to slow down your lawn’s growth and restore your soil’s vitality.
If each of us can support the web of life in our gardens, then together we can make an earth changing difference. There is so much more you can do with your time and for the environment when you Just Say No to Mow.
Founder and Chief Horticulturist
High Country Gardens
I enjoyed this article by HCG. We spend far too much of our time mowing our lawns and taking care of them without any real return on investment except for the aesthetics and perhaps appearance of a lush green lawn.