Jarret Hynd wrote: After trying to explain why people mow in the first place, I'll now paraphrase geoff lawton in his explanation on people attempting to make compost: "people put a bunch of food scrap and grass in a bin, and then in a few weeks they look at it and it's just food scraps covered in grass and that isn't rewarding". It goes back to the point of mowing the grass and leaving it on the ground is easy, while composting and gardening take at least some skills(attention at minimum) and (more)time. A person can't just dig a hole, put a seed in the ground and feel the job is accomplished, as they need to be involved for long periods of time with that plant - it's a real commitment. The person can now rationalize a reasonable argument to not make compost. "if I don't have a garden, why should I compost?" or "I'm so short on time lately. If I got rid of my garden, I wouldn't have to compost either".
yeah. mine is a feral meadow. It does have some thistle 'issues' though. I mostly scythe it for mulch.
If i lived outside the reach of the Man, and I had plenty of land, my "lawn" would be a pasture.
This is a very good point. Converting some of it to simple to grow garden plants, like peas, would be a good start too.
All of this does bring up a good point though. If people can not look after something as simple as a lawn without relying on conventional chemical and fertilizer, it's better to not push them straight to gardening or other advanced activities - application of any kind without proper knowledge can have plenty of bad consequences. If there was a 12 step program to start a path of sustainability, I'm sure one of the first steps would be to convert a normal lawn to one that requires less maintenance and external input.
Jarret Hynd : I think the only way to combat the quick and easy use of applying conventional fertilizers would be if someone did a start-up lawn care company using compost tea instead. It's something that any landscape company could add into their offered services as well. At the very least this would get people to see that compost tea is acceptable in the industry - many might try to make their own after that.
William Bronson: If I lived outside the reach of the Man, and I had plenty of land, my "lawn" would be a pasture.
Kyle Neath wrote: I kept wondering who was irrigating these empty fields by the highway — why would someone waste so much water to grow grass you just end up brush hogging?? Of course that's silly. That's just how grass grows in Ohio. That is not how grass grows in California.
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