Friday, August 16, 2013
The New York Times notes that cities in the southwest are using a bundle of carrots and sticks to get homeowners to give up their grassy lawns in favor of more drought-resistant landscapes:
In hopes of enticing, or forcing, residents to abandon the scent of freshly cut grass, cities in this parched region have offered homeowners ever-increasing amounts to replace their lawns with drought-resistant plants; those who keep their grass face tough watering restrictions and fines for leaky sprinklers.These efforts are drastically reshaping the landscape, with cactuses and succulents taking over where green grass once reigned.
“The era of the lawn in the West is over,” said Paul Robbins, the director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin. “The water limits are insurmountable, unless the Scotts Company develops a genetically modified grass that requires almost no water. And I’m sure it’s keeping them up at night.”
This piece by Sarah Schindler that we highlighted a few weeks goes much deeper on the same subject.