Did you know…
….studies suggest lawns are not all that great for the environment? Sure, technically they are [the color] green, and they do remove some carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it as organic carbon. But, “greenhouse gas emissions from fertilizer production, mowing, leaf blowing and other lawn management practices are similar to or greater than the amount of carbon stored by ornamental grass in parks…These emissions include nitrous oxide released from soil after fertilization. Nitrous oxide is a greenhouse gas that’s 300 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, the Earth’s most problematic climate warmer.” [source]
So, maybe we should focus on some other landscape designs when and where we can, like ones with no big lawns, but plenty of healthy greens and low maintenance ground covers. And where there must be a lawn (soccer is fun, i get it), let’s try and avoid those really awful, toxic fertilizers that can wind up in our water, food, homes, etc. and try to care for those desirable lush green grounds in Eco-friendy ways. What’s good for the environment is good for us, right? Right. xo.