Letter to the Editor: Rethink lawn concept
BY Chuck Ayers, Tulsa
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
8/01/12 at 2:58 AM
I'm tired of keeping up a lawn. Mowing, trimming, weeding and blah, blah, blah. It's time to rethink the whole concept of lawns. Re-thinking the expense of upkeep, equipment and, most of all, the water needed to sustain a lawn.
Water is becoming more expensive. Water is becoming more scarce. Global warming or not, the fact remains, water is going away fast. And lawns consume millions of gallons each summer.
We should be looking at lawn alternatives. Let's get creative and include water conservation in our home landscape repertoire. More wood decking or some decorative rock, sand or pebblized concrete.
The so-called lawn in front of our house is just a collecting field of acorns and prickly sweetgum balls; an endless semiannual laborious raking and bagging exercise. An effort producing very little result.
We re-seed it year after year gaining nothing in return. In the meantime, we're wasting thousands of gallons of precious water and all for naught. Water that could be used for drinking or agriculture.
But anyway, some enterprising landscaper should develop the waterless front and back yard. I would almost be happy with a nice spread of flat concrete so I could easily hose off the front-yard tree droppings into the gutter - making it easy to broom and shovel up into a lovely 96-gallon trash dumpster. I know my wife would love it, maybe.
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