Column: American lawns need to evolve beyond turf grass

08/19/2009 |

The American love affair with lush, green lawns began with middle-class Americans copying the country estates of England, writes garden activist Susan Harris. Today, half of the municipal water we use goes toward maintaining lawns, and environmentalists are concerned about overuse of chemical pesticides, she writes. According to Harris, alternatives to the traditional lawn include lower-maintenance varieties of grass such as Buffalo grass, as well as artificial turf.

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