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Well, I'm stretched out on my hammock, enjoying the habitat garden, a Dos Equis, or two.... and listening to the huge symphony of lawn mowers, weed eaters, power washers, and other assorted suburban equipment. Oh wait! A chain saw has jumped in for a solo! But it's the weekend....
Anyway, I was thinking, what if all this human energy and resources was being used to grow food instead of our beloved grass?

bigpawbullets 9 July 7
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Only grow grass if you are keeping cows, alpaca or sheep ... hang on most in suburbia are.

FrayedBear Level 9 July 8, 2018

That would be a beautiful thing.


One of my big goals for my yard, now that it's all mine, is to significantly reduce the amount of grass and increase the amount of productive land. We live on a high foot traffic corner and my seven year old really wants to put a border bed down by the sidewalk that's planted with cherry tomatoes and mini-sweet peppers to feed the people walking by. You can't say no to that, can you? So, next year, that's what we're doing.

Minta79 Level 7 July 7, 2018

You got that right. Grow food not lawns!

Donto101 Level 7 July 7, 2018



Some of us just can't tame our instincts to grow delicious things and for peace and quiet.

wordywalt Level 8 July 7, 2018

people really need to think about that. Gas consumption, noise and air pollution, pesticides and herbicides etc. Unfortunately I read about people that have converted their lawns to gardens being cited for ? and forced to take out the gardens.Makes no sense

btroje Level 9 July 7, 2018

yes, I was one of them. Edible gardener, activist against hunger, birdwatcher, water conservation groups, etc need to join the HOA/POA, join the city council, and change the bylaw, and convince everyone why its a good idea to grow food everywhere. Even the birds, bee don't want chemical fill yards and fake bird feed.

True. Our HOA won't allow front lawns to be other than "Suburban". I put up a 6 foot high privacy fence around my back yard. So we've our habitat garden and raised beds for whatever we want to grow. And of course, Zorak the Wonder Dog thinks it's his back yard.... so trespassers and HOA clowns.... beware.

@bigpawbullets would they even go after your back yard?

Apparently, if a resident of the suburb complains about someone's yard, the HOA is obligated to at least look into the complaint. My fence effectively blocks the view of that part of my property. No one in our cul-de-sac complains about anything. But you never know what some nosey little old lady might say.


IKR! I am trying to reduce grass areas and increase food areas in my yard. Grass is a huge waste of resources.

some people maintain Kentucky bluegrass lawns in Phoenix

@btroje That is just a crazy waste of water.

@HippieChick58 yep

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