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  •  If you really want to promote biodiversity, (16+ / 0-)

    plant one of those wild mixes instead of a traditional lawn. Problem is that many localities won't let you do it. Gotta preserve those American style lawns lest the Republic go off the edge of the earth.

    Just another underemployed IT professional computer geek.

    by RhodeIslandAspie on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 08:00:47 AM PST

    •  In the NE and river valley regions of the Midwest, (8+ / 0-)

      there are a lot of property lines, fence lines, unbuildable ravine areas where milkweek and wild flowers would do well.

      I just got an email from one of the teachers in our school whose uncle is on the local conservation commission!  She suggested we contact them to help with the project.  

      I've only been at this a few hours and emails with offerings to help and ideas keep popping up on my phone.  Big grin.  It just started snowing for the first time, and here I am planning for butterflies.  

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      by bkamr on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 08:22:18 AM PST

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    •  The lawn thing is old-fashioned, (8+ / 0-)

      from back when 'weeds' were just evil. Now more and more communities are aware of native plantings as beautiful, water-conserving, and beneficial. In other words, these regulations are being challenged and changed across the country. There are whole books about this--if you're a pioneer in your area it might be quite a fight but there is a lot of precedent for this.

      Here in Nebraska we can see billboards about the benefits of native plantings, so people are being encouraged by the city and county extension to use these plants. Communities still have 'weed ordinances' but more and more those are for abandoned lots or street visibility problems, not against native plants in your yard. That is now the cool thing.

      Where in the Constitution does it say: "...on behalf of corporate interests" ???

      by sillia on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 10:40:29 AM PST

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      •  The lawn fixation seems to be an American thing. (4+ / 0-)
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        The American home owners got into imitating the British gentry, who obsessed over their lawns. (A man's home is his castle.)

        But in most countries, ordinary home owners divide their available open area between a garden, a patio, and maybe a recreational area. You see this often with immigrants. But that first generation gets Americanized and wants to have that perfect monocultural lawn as God, the Founding Fathers, and Mother Nature presumably intended.

        Just another underemployed IT professional computer geek.

        by RhodeIslandAspie on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 11:17:47 AM PST

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