I’m not a fan of lawns and resent using my nasty, smelly petrol mower. Others, it seems, have similar views. CASSE has tackled the issue recently and, in an article here, widens the discussion to cover urban landscaping, presenting some horrendous-looking statistics from the USA. There may be some useful links within the article, too.
I’d be interested in your view, Gayle.
Separately, I now feel more vindicated in disliking lawn: research at the University of Sheffield found that urban gardens are a huge reserve for biodiversity and the things we can do most easily to improve our gardens are:
- Reduce use of pesticides and other chemicals;
- Make the garden higher! Less lawn and more tall bushes and trees create new niches for a wider range of species. The biodiversity is related to the volume rather than the area of our gardens.
To see this in practice, Chelsea Physic Garden in central London provides a wonderful example of a multi-storey garden. Specimen trees have specimen bushes below them. The bushes have low-growing plants and bulbs beneath them. And they’re all beautifully labelled and explained. Oh, to have the time and the knowledge! Worth a visit.