Addicted to Grass
We are Addicted to turf grass
Americans are really addicted to turf grass. Ok, it’s a style, I get that. But come on, styles change all the time. At the whim of whatever.
Here’s the basics.
Grass is the most cultivated crop in the U.S. Its roots grow like one inch, so it needs to be watered all the time. It doesn’t attract any fun or interesting critters. It’s boring. It’s high maintainence, requiring all sorts of toxic crap to keep it looking nice. Where would you rather be on a weekend – mowing your lawn or playing golf? Or playing ball with you kid? If you have to think about this, we’re in deep do-do.
And it’s really a stupid crop to grow. Except on ball fields, golf courses and other places where you want to actually BE on it.
But whole yards and yards of it? Ya gotta be crazy. We’ve all been suckered on this one folks. And yet people, like my neighbors, are fighting to keep it. Tastes change. Why should we stick with a taste from, like the English from 200 years ago. Duh!
Like many of the things we surround ourselves with, it’s smart to separate out the WHAT we Want from the HOW we get it. You don’t want a box full of toxic chemicals sitting in your living room. You want to be able to watch the ball game. With da Cubbies, maybe sometimes it’s better for your indigestion to not be able to watch the game.
With a ground covering, what properties do you want? What functionality. Something that covers the ground. Looks nice. Can you get it from some other plant? Wouldn’t it be nice to have something that attracts things that eat bugs, so you can sit outside on nice evenings? And make nice sounds. And interesting photos? And you can educate your kids with?
So come on – lighten up with your turf grass compulsion. Pick something else to be neurotic about. Something that’s not bad for our environment, that costs me and society money, and causes gazillions of homeowners to have less time on the golf course.
Look, the turf industry will adjust. Get over it. That’s Capitalism folks.