Rethinking the Lawn? In California, Yes
As I sit here in the midst of my father’s Florida golf course community, with identical cookie-cutter lawns and eutrified ponds as far as the eye can see, an evaluation of landscape priorities can be fairly depressing. Dad lives is one of those many, many developed communities where the local bylaws state what kinds of grass to grow (St. Augustine) and how often and how high you’re supposed to mow (low). Quantity and quality of drinking water supplies are of grave concern across this state, and yet the irrigation systems spew copious amounts of water into the sidewalks and roadways every morning.
That’s why is was so refreshing to read Cindy McNatt’s column in the Orange County Register this morning: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/lawns-246614-idea-lawnless.html.
I’m definitely not an anti-lawn guy. Having a patch of paradise where I can play ball with my kids will probably always be a goal. Here in Florida, though, where the water table perilously close to the surface of the sandy soil, folks really need to rethink their overall priorities.