Gardening: In defense of grass

  • Article by: DEB BROWN , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 29, 2011 - 8:56 AM

There are good things about growing grass.

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wmmlJun. 29, 1111:37 AM

Hmmm, not sure the "good" you mention "In Defense of Grass" outweigh the bad: 1) Grass is America's largest irrigated crop. 2) Grass lawns propagate geese. 3) Gas mowers create air/noise pollution. 4) Mowing kills baby birds and toads which are beneficial to the garden and elsewhere. 5) And the fireflies illustrated in the hardcopy edition of the paper will not thrive in mowed grass. 6) Some turf is terrific, but should kept to a minimum.

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viktorvaughnJun. 29, 1112:42 PM

The writer explains grass absorbs rain water, filters pollutants, converts carbon dioxide to oxygen, and reduces cooling costs of a home. This is all true if comparing a grass lawn to concrete. But she's comparing grass to native gardens not concrete. Since the native plant gardens do all these things better than a turf lawn, isn't it disingenous to list these qualities as advantages of turf?

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keylimekaiJun. 30, 11 3:05 PM

here, let me paraphrase REASONS WHY GRASS IS BETTER THAN NON-GRASS PLANT LIFE: 1. it's not concrete 2. it's a nice shade of green 3. it makes oxygen, which we breath (this one is important) 4. growing grass is like being a farmer i fail to see how any of this is relevant to native plants.

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