Smart Lawn Alternative
Tired of mowing and tending your lawn? Planning to make something useful out of it? That’s what Mari Keating just did – stopped mowing her lawn and replaced the grass with edible plants.
Mari Keating, the energetic founder of the Food Not Lawns movement, encourages the replacing of grassy lawns with vegetables and other edible shrubs and plants in order to promote and develop self-sufficiency as well as resilience in the community. Keating already put in a couple of edible gardens on her own yard and helped a neighbor create a third one.
The movement believes that grassy yards and lawns only waste precious resources such as water. A huge amount of water is needed to keep a grassy lawn green especially during summer. In places that experience drought and water restrictions, tending the lawn can be a difficult task and maintaining it means an increase of water consumption.
Food Not Lawns also emphasize how lawns bring harm to the environment. In order to keep grass green and healthy, a number of fertilizers and different kinds of pesticides are typically used. What makes this especially dangerous is that these harmful substances usually wind up in the watershed and in drinking water because they seep through the soil when it is watered or it rains.
Because of these concerns, Keating and the entire organization suggest replacing your lawn, all or part of it, with edible gardens. Vegetables, berries and other shrubs could be planted instead of grass. In this way, there is food for people as well as shelter for wildlife which also have a beautiful space to enjoy.
The movement points out that their aim and objective greatly helps in empowering homeowners. Growing and producing your own food not only creates a thriving animal and human habitat but also alters the relationship between the homeowners and the land they live in. The organization also believes that this activity increases people’s health and well-being as well as creating resiliency within a community.
The 59-year-old founder stated that the organization encourages and promotes front-yard gardens. In this way, neighbors and other passers-by interested and inquiry creating relationships and therefore strengthening the ties of the community. Keating also added that with an edible garden displayed in front of one’s yard, others will be motivated and encouraged to create their own.