The Lure of the Lawn

Nijhuis, Michelle
August 2006
High Country News;8/21/2006, Vol. 38 Issue 15, p8
The article reports on the study on the relationship between yards and cultivators conducted by Arizona State University horticulture professor Chris Martin. Together with other personnel associated with an urban ecology research program in Arizona, Martin introduced varied neighborhood to examine the lure of suburban lawn. He and his colleagues developed backyard landscapes including one with a lush spread of turf, oasis-like landscape with desert and subtropical plants and turf patches, one with different desert plants irrigated with granite gravel and native-like landscape with no supplemental water. Most people thinks of landscaping as a waste of time and still prefers green lawns.


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