We are all guilty of wanting a lush green lawn in front of our house but now the new world cannot support our love of a lush lawn. The amount of water to support a lawn is astronomical and a front lawn actually does more harm than good to the actual environment.
The Idea of a Front Yard With Grass Began in Europe in the 1700’s
The idea of creating and maintaining a front lawn was begun in the English countryside by the wealthy. When travelers from the New World went to Europe and saw the beautiful lush lawns, they recreated their own lawns in front of their homes in the United States.
The history of lawns in America has not grown out of necessity but of a desire to out do our fellow neighbor. Lawns have wasted much of our water for no reason other than to have a nicer yard than our neighbor. Our foolish pursuit of the perfect lawn has created billions of gallons of wasted water over centuries and the practice still continues today.
The Lawn Care Industry Now Drives This 30 Billion Dollar Industry
Landscapers will still have a job if we eliminate lawns. In fact, landscapers in warm climates have learned they can make more money caring for trees and shrubs rather than lawns. There is less to deal with and the amount of water used to maintain the shrubs and trees is markedly lower.
Lawns are already becoming a memory in states such as Arizona and Nevada and soon California will fall into the fold. The sooner homeowners realize that it is better for the environment to have a xeriscape instead of a front lawn the sooner the United States can use their water resources in other areas.
Many people are under the impression that have a large lawn is better for the environment. The fact is that lawns serve no purpose when it comes to producing oxygen. The more trees, shrubs and bushes that can be planted in a front yard, the better for the environment.
Tree Planting Basics for the Front Yard
1) Before planting, know what utilities are underneath the front yard, especially sewer lines.
2) Also know where trees roots will go over the course of ten years to twenty years.
3) Plant trees and shrubs a minimum of 3 and a half feet back from the sidewalk.
4) Consider leaf size and possible shade near windows. Also consider trees or shrubs may block views.
5) The goal of placing plants in the yard are two fold. To create boundaries and also to frame the yard.
Watering and Eliminating Sprinklers
The elimination of a lawn will in turn eliminate the need for sprinklers. This will save thousands of gallons of unnecessary water that is used to maintain a large lawn. In place of the sprinkler system, will be a drip irrigation system that will make an impact not only on the water that was once being wasted but on the most important aspect of the solution the water bill. Also many water departments will give a refund or a discount for users that eliminate their lawns. Always make sure of the rules in regards to this kick back for the water department.
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