While I wrote the blog extolling the virtues of lawns, that was a comparison to concrete, dirt, gravel, etc. While lawns do decrease pollution and heat (as long as you don’t use chemicals to fertilize and remove weeds), they can be a tremendous waste of natural resources.
What could be grown to provide food for you and/or for wildlife, instead of an expanse of green lawn? What trees could provide more food, shade, and homes for birds and squirrels. For that matter, what shrubs could provide both food and nesting areas for birds and butterflies? How could what you grow support the bedraggled bee population? How could you support biodiversity in your very own yard?
There are many answers to these questions, and it’s not my point to answer them here, just to ask the questions.
How much energy could be saved if you didn’t have a lawn that needed mowed every week from the late spring to early fall? And what if that same expanse needs water periodically, or daily, through the season, or year?
My suggestion? Keep enough for children to play in and let the rest go natural, be filled with visual interest, and better support life!