Yesterday, we read about San Francisco’s two $50,000 “lawn drones.” That’s $100,000 on two remote-controlled mowers.
While we agree that public parks are one of the few reasonable applications for turf, a slope too precarious for humans to enjoy that also requires a $50,000 machine to maintain seems unnecessary. Are you dealing with a slope? Here are some ideas to save you from a lawn drone:
1. Build a retaining wall
Guess what never has to be mowed? A wall.
2. Grow an erosion-proof border
3. Plant a lawn alternative
In some parks, San Francisco uses a fescue blend that doesn’t require mowing. We were all for this trend! Maybe it’s time for the city to take another look at the ever-expanding options on turf alternatives (we recently caught up with Delta Bluegrass Company founder, Ed Zuckerman, to talk about what what it’s like to be a sod farmer during a drought, including some really exciting product developments).