My title's a bit sensational, I admit, but it got you here.
This post is inspired by one of my CreComm buddies who, attempting (and utterly failing, as usual) to mock my environmentalist views, said something along the lines of "I'm going to go burn some grass after school." To this I replied, "go ahead."
Reasons grass is unsustainable:
1.Mowing it wastes gas. (not to mention how many people bag and trash their compostable grass clippings!)
2.Watering it wastes water.
3.Treating it with chemical herbicides is toxic.
There are lots of benefits to having a lawn made of grass-- it allows you to enjoy your space. It's a place for kids to play. As not everyone wants to dig up their yard to plant wild prairie grasses (so cool!), there are ways around the enviro-hazards grass promotes.
1. Use a manual push-mower. It's a little more work but it does the job fine. The grass clipping just disintegrate into the lawn.
2.Don't water your lawn. That's what rain is for. This may require that you disengage from the whole 'perfectly manicured suburban lawn' pressure. Yeah, your neighbors might consider your slightly yellow lawn an eyesore. Too bad.
3.Avoid pesticides-- use green weed-killing alternatives (scroll down on that link).
I know it's fall, and lots of you probably don't have lawns, but keep this stuff in mind for the future. For the most part, being sustainable isn't rocket science.
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