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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?

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1

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

FrayedBear Level 9 July 8, 2018
2

That would be a beautiful thing.

MissKathleen Level 9 July 7, 2018
3

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
5

I've read a lot of posts on Facebook and other places about returning grassy areas into natural areas or vegetable or flower gardens. I'd much rather look at vegetables and flowers than I would big expanses of grass.

Alvinsmama Level 8 July 7, 2018
6

You got that right. Grow food not lawns!

Donto101 Level 7 July 7, 2018

Yes.

4

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

wordywalt Level 8 July 7, 2018
6

The places I have lived the gardens surpassed the little tiny grassy yard. I rather see the water go to the Garden to grow food then to grow grass, can't eat the grass.

Sheannutt Level 9 July 7, 2018

I, also.

@MissKathleen especially when I had to haul water

@Sheannutt I am never hauling water.

@MissKathleen I never want to do it again it is not easy and it takes a lot of time.

@Sheannutt And I have no intention of ever again doing anything that is not easy and takes too much time.

@MissKathleen yes it's a pain in the ass to do.

6

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?

@btroje
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.

8

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

HippieChick58 Level 9 July 7, 2018

some people maintain Kentucky bluegrass lawns in Phoenix

@btroje That is just a crazy waste of water.

@HippieChick58 yep

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