A perfect lawn is an “unkempt” lawn – Andy Ringquist | Letters to the editor

It’s spring, that time when lawn care companies start promoting your business and marketing the “perfect lawn” fantasy. Soon these little red flags will go off reminding us to stay away from the grass as it poses a threat to the health of people and other animals. The perfect lawn has been a source of fear for Americans for decades.

Creating these monotonous green plumes requires tons of toxic chemicals to be poured onto our soil several times a year and over time. These treatments have proven time and again to be harmful to our groundwater, lakes, rivers, streams and human health. Through smart marketing and cultural peer pressure, we have been told that if we leave our lawn untreated, we are not good citizens. In reality, a chemical-free lawn with a mix of flowering plants, or no lawn at all, could be considered community-oriented.

Unlawning is waterway friendly, does not cause cancer, provides nectar for pollinators, saves time and money, and offers landscapes of interest, color and diversity. It’s time to reject the idea that the perfect lawn is perfectly fine.

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