Lawns are the enemy?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by OwenS, Mar 13, 2002.

  1. OwenS

    OwenS LawnSite Member
    from Montana
    Messages: 11

    A guy who lives in one of the neighborhoods I work in wrote a letter to my local paper condeming the idea of turfgrass lawns.

    It is ironic since many of his direct neighbors are my clients, some of whom pay us to bag up to 3 acres of their personal hell.

    The average house in this neighborhood costs $350,000 and has about an acre of lawn.

    He also has a webpage with his sermon on the evils of lawncare. Parts of it are amusing, "give up all lawns to feed India"???

    If you have a minute, check it out at

    I guess he won't get a brochure this year.

  2. TOSLC

    TOSLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 175

    Sounds like your doing a good job on his neighbors, and he's just jeolous! Keep up the good work. Make him Green with Envy! Ha! Ha! I'm on a roll today.
  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    There is one in every crowd. Blow him off and continue on.
  4. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    Sounds like hes a tree hugger to me.
  5. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    mr. boie needs to get a life.
  6. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,912

    Educate this needle head

    Scientific research has documented the many benefits of turfgrass to our environment.

    Provide a natural, comfortable, and safe setting for fun and games....Release oxygen and cool the air .....Control pollution and reduce soil erosion .....Purify and replenish our water supply.

    A well maintained lawn and landscape can enhance the "curb appeal" adding as much as 15 percent to the value of a home.

    On a hot summer day, lawns will be 30 degrees cooler than asphalt and 14 degrees cooler than bare soil.

    The front lawns of eight houses have the cooling effect of about 70 tons of air conditioning. That's amazing when the average home has an air conditioner with just a three or four ton capacity.

    The cooling effect of irrigated turf reduces the amount of fuel that must be burned to provide the electricity which powers the air conditioners.

    Runoff water in urban areas carries many pollutants.

    Turfgrass acts as a natural filter, reducing pollution by purifying the water passing through its root zone.

    Doctors have shown that people recover faster in a hospital when given a landscape view, rather than seeing only the walls of adjoining buildings
  7. Hobart

    Hobart Banned
    from Canada!
    Messages: 31

  8. Rooster

    Rooster LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 460

    It sure amazes me that he paid for a domain name, and pays for website hosting!

    hmmm..... Money to burn!
  9. the point man

    the point man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    Fantasy Lawn,

    Your stats are most interesting, and I'd like to use them in my
    spring newsletter if I May. However, I'm curious to know what
    you mean by air conditioning in terms of "tons". How do you
    measure that?
  10. roscioli

    roscioli LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 749

    A quote from the link that Hobart provided: "Even amounts as small as $100 will help us resist the big media blitz put on by the rich and powerful lawn care industry" I am glad that even my small pocket change of $100 will help them, but this year, I could only afford $75, so I will not be able to reach their minimum! LOL. What a whack.

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