“The EPA estimates that we spend $40 billion each year on our lawns, using 70 million tons of fertilizer and 70 million pounds of pesticides. When we fill up our mowers during the summer, we collectively use 17 million gallons of gas (about 50% more than the Exxon Valdez spill). A gas-powered push mower pollutes as much per hour as 11 cars and a riding mower as much as 34 cars. Pollution from lawns annually kills about 7 million birds. In cultivating so much grass, we have allowed grass clippings to become our 4th largest crop, right after corn, wheat and soybeans, consuming 45 million acres of land, using 200 gallons per person per day of water in the process.”—
My yard looks like shit because I won’t water it. I detest the idea of going through all this to have a socially acceptable lawn. This is why we’re about to plant a rain garden in our yard (and other plants in the other places where you can’t have the rain garden trough).