Open Space Seattle:2100

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Yawning at our Lawn

Boring, banal, bourgeois. All could be applied to the American lawn. But what about toxic? Or inefficient? Or expensive?

Check, check and check.

A recent Seattle Times article levels each charge at the lawn, but also offers some great examples of people who are doing their yards differently--to create habitat, grow food and improve their neighborhood. And what thanks do these pioneers of plant biodiversity get in return? Nothing, really. No thanks, no love, no commendations.

What if Seattle were to set up a certified backyard habitat program (like Lake Forest Park has, for example) to encourage property owners to deal with their own parcel's of green infrastructure in a more intelligent, aesthetic and efficient way?



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