Friday, July 18, 2008

Turf War


toxicity, habitat destruction, resource depletion, enforced conformity.....,

If one accepts the idea that lawns are, in a deep sense, unethical, how does one fill the front yard?
The essential trouble with the American lawn is its estrangement from place: it is not a response to the landscape so much as an idea imposed upon it—all green, all the time, everywhere. Recently, a NASA-funded study, which used satellite data collected by the Department of Defense, determined that, including golf courses, lawns in the United States cover nearly fifty thousand square miles—an area roughly the size of New York State. The same study concluded that most of this New York State-size lawn was growing in places where turfgrass should never have been planted. In order to keep all the lawns in the country well irrigated, the author of the study calculated, it would take an astonishing two hundred gallons of water per person, per day. According to a separate estimate, by the Environmental Protection Agency, nearly a third of all residential water use in the United States currently goes toward landscaping.
Something so simple, so obvious, and so deeply entrenched in the cultural expression of the drive to keep up with the joneses.....,