This lawn serves as a welcoming space for outdoor events and festivals, as well as summer
Formal lawns like this have graced European landscapes for centuries, but they were beyond the
reach of most Americans.
In the 20th century, lawn mowers, chemical fertilizers, and improved turfgrass varieties made it
possible for average homeowners to grow and maintain lawns. With the growth of suburbs, green,
weed-free lawns became part of the American dream.
Today, scientists estimate that grass lawns are the single largest irrigated crop in the United
States. That comes at a price. Chemical applications, power equipment, and irrigation all have a
detrimental impact on the environment. In this garden, we take an environmentally-friendly approach to lawn care and pest management.
We water infrequently, but deeply, to nourish turf roots and conserve water. We select grasses
appropriate for this region, and we use only organic fertilizer. These are techniques you can use
at home to help protect the environment.