Ministry of Controversy

Mayor takes on Water-Guzzling Lawn Law

This article in the New York Times is right on topic for us Ranters – the amazing situation that in 2006 the powers that be in Salt Lake City still require that front yards be completely covered with short, green grass.  But no less a challenger than its current mayor has switched to drought-tolerant plants – it's the DESERT, for Chrissakes – and seen a 65 percent drop in his water bill.  He's also learned something we could have told him – that it "takes a lot of work to keep it healthy and attractive."  So that sound you hear is the bubble of no-maintenance gardening being popped, once again. Some cities have adopted reality-based policies, I was glad to read, and so in Phoenix cactus has become the "decoration of choice."

 

Posted by on August 25, 2006 at 12:57 am, in the category Ministry of Controversy.
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