It’s easy to gripe about city laws and community association rules that require homeowners to grow only turfgrass and keep it mowed, and we’ve seen recently in Toronto where this out-dated craziness can lead. I recently posted about Project Laundry List, a savvy nonprofit trying to overturn similar restrictions on the drying of laundry outdoors. Turns out they’re having productive contacts with the Community Association Institute and actually have a teleconference scheduled with them this coming week to suggest how associations can become more progressive environmentally. (There are 300,000 of them and they govern 60 million Americans, ya know.) Sounds like a great opportunity to raise the whole lawn issue with them, right?
MAKING OUR BEST CASE
Exactly. And Project Laundry List has asked us to give them our best concise "white paper" outlining the case for repeal of the turf+mowing laws. By Monday! So let’s give it our best shot. Help me flesh out these points and tell me what other points should be added. You can respond via comment or by emailing me directly – Susan@Sustainable-Gardening.com.
- Water conservation – source?
- Provision for wildlife – source?
- Reduction in water pollution from chemical lawn fertilizers – source?
- Air pollution caused by gas-powered mowers – source?
- What else?
SUGGEST ALTERNATIVE LAWS/RULES
Any ideas about how community can still be protected from real hazards that can sometimes appear on totally unkempt properties?