10 Green Lawns Without a Blade of Grass

Author's Note

Like most Americans, I grew up watching my dad diligently tend to the turf grass lawn: Mow, water, fertilize and repeat. I even had a little plastic toy mower that I would push around the yard, proudly helping my father live the American Dream. I first realized the controversy surrounding the lush, green lawn in 2007 when I read a news story about a 70-year-old woman in Orem, Utah. An enforcement officer issued her a citation for letting her lawn go brown (she couldn't afford to water it). When the woman protested the ticket, the policeman handcuffed her and took her to jail.

Everyone agrees that this woman probably shouldn't have been arrested for this minor offense. But there is more disagreement over the larger question: Should any city be able to force the idea of the traditional lawn upon its residents, especially in a state like Utah, where water is so scarce?

I'll leave the answer to that question up to you. But as this article shows, there are many more ways to landscape a lawn than with the cookie-cutter expanse of grass I idealized as a child.

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