Lawns and the alternatives

Traditional lawn, synthetic lawn, native grasses, and drought-tolerant blends ― the pros and cons

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ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS

Traditional lawn Gas-powered push mowers produce 11 times more air pollution per hour than a car, though push-reel mowers are blame-free. Pesticide and herbicide runoff seriously affects plant and animal life in waterways.

Synthetic lawn Made from petrochemical plastics. They’re non-biodegradable, provide no air-clearing photosynthesis, and some environmentalists are concerned they leach heavy metals from "tire crumb" substrates into soil.

Native grasses None.

New drought-tolerant blends None ― but only if you forgo mowing and let the grasses grow as a meadow.

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