White Plains, New York – Legrara Ferrara transforms its small suburbs from grass-covered grasslands to flower beds, gardens and orchards.
Says the mother of two young children. “Every year we started cutting and planting small grass clippings with cardboard and trash, and now the backyard is probably planting three-quarters of the beds,” she says. “We work harder every year.”
Its permanent and domestic plants require less care and water than grass. And she doesn’t need weeds or pesticides – she’s not looking for the perfect Emerald.
For generations, the lawn – clean, green, weed-free grass – has dominated American gardens. He still does. But the growing number of gardeners, landlords, and homeowners who are concerned about the environment is now seen as anarchy and even a threat.
Like Ferrara, they are killing him.
“The United States is unique in its approach to monoculture lawn,” said Dennis Liu, vice president of education at the Eo Wilson Biodiversity Foundation in Duram, North Carolina. “Our English heritage is our own little clean green space.”
Currently, droughts, pests and other environmental problems are increasing the need for more plants in different ways, in different places – large and small.
Some people are experimenting with more “ecologically friendly” lawns, from seedless or non-seed mixes that you can buy. Others are reaping a little and enduring old enemies, such as Dandelion and Clover. They are still trying to completely or partially replace other lawns, including pollen and edible plants with garden beds.
All of this leads to a relaxed, desert-like atmosphere.
“Everyone will be better off as long as you can be the steward of your little piece with the flow of nature,” says Liu.
In areas with water shortages, many homeowners have long been switching to lawn mower for less water, including gravel and gravel.
Elsewhere, the epidemic has pushed the trend away from the plains. Gardening has exploded as a hobby, and many non-gardeners spend more time indoors, paying more attention to the natural world around them.
Municipalities across the country are boasting “healthy backyard” to homeowners who give up lawn chemicals or harvest more often. Many cities are slapping regulations on common equipment, such as gas-powered leaf blowers and mowers, mostly because of noise.
“For those who are interested in gardening, they have come to understand that it can no longer be just jewelry. It should serve another purpose, food and shelter: ‘Pack as much as you can,’ ”said Alicia Holoway, an extension agent at the University of Georgia in Baro County. “This is a change of mind, aesthetically pleasing.
Monrovia, the main producer of Kindergarten and other outlets, has seen a lot of interest in the “abundant garden” trend – more “living” backyard with a variety of plants, says Katie Tamoni, a company trend observer. She says it’s a way of thinking about your backyard.
In a study of Monrovia clients, she said that pollen grains were the most sought after category.
And yet. The lawn will soon be gone.
Many homeowners’ associations still have rules for protecting backyard manicure. And lawn mowers will be focused on protecting lawns.
For the National Landscaping Association, Andrew Bree, vice president of public relations for business group, lawns are still the main choice. People want clean spaces to relax, play, and relax.
He says his group supports the goal of making grasslands more environmentally friendly, but believes that some recent legislation has created a “congested political environment” that opposes gas-powered winds and mowers. He said that electric alternatives for those devices could not yet be applied to large lawns used by experts.
This year, the Lands Owners Business Group launched a new public forum called Voices for Healthy Greens. “People want to have a big yard, plant a tree in their backyard, or have a field and unorganized planting,” he said.
There is another problem for those who are concerned about the lack of support for lawn mowers and other species. “Most people do not want bees – there is a fear of nature,” said Holloway, an extension agent for Georgia Extension.
Grass replacement also requires patience. “One of the best things about my job is to visit the site. I go to the backyards where people have been working for 20 or 30 years, and it helps me come up with the idea that everything should be done at once.
And tradition and neighborhood promises are hard to beat. Liu said: “The lawn looks smooth, and it’s easy to keep doing what you do. But “Once you set the new balance, it will be easier, it will pay for all these benefits.
Some neighbors may have seen a yard without a fence, and they say, “And think of someone who is crazy.” But many people think that it is very good.