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  •  Native landscapes of high diversity (1+ / 0-)
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    here in the Midwest should be encouraged as a cheaper replacement for lawns, which should be phased out to as large an extent as possible. The extremely energy, chemical and water intensive activities needed to maintain a mono, bi or tri culture of turf grasses when nature abhors such a system by filling it with weeds and other plants costs over three times in direct costs per year when compared to a native prairie, woodland or wetland landscape. Plus the ecosystem services of less runoff, groundwater recharge and cleansing, carbon sequestering in the soil, and reduced air pollution are far greater for the native plants than for lawn.

    The payback for replacing an acre of existing  monoculture turf lawn with prairie is 2.5 years, without even factoring in the ecosystem benefits.

    "Trickle down economics 101: They get the golden parachute, we get the golden shower"

    by NoMoreLies on Sun Oct 24, 2010 at 07:40:10 PM PDT

    •  that's a great idea (0+ / 0-)

      being from MI,

      I know Native Landscapes in the Midwest, can be quite beauty.

      The further you "get out in the sticks" the more likely you are to see "natural yards".

      Now if only those Zoning Boards, will see the light.

      the natural light.

      thx NoMoreLies, for the thoughts.

      Where's the Note?    -- SEIU

      by jamess on Sun Oct 24, 2010 at 09:22:11 PM PDT

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