9-28-11: An Argument Against Grass
In Philadelphia, a landscape designer, Margie Ruddick, decided she was going to let her yard go wild, and let native plants grow. It got a bit wild and weedy, and she received a summons from the city for being in violation of the property maintenance code.
It made us wonder — why do we have this ideal of green lawns? Can there be something beautiful about just using native plants? And what’s the environmental impact of having more rooted plants and trees — and fewer manicured lawns?
Our garden guru Anne Raver profiled Margie Ruddick in an article in the New York Times. Here, she talks with Tom Hall about the ups and downs of forgoing grass, and letting native plants grow instead.