1) A monoculture with intensive water, fertilizer and often pesticide requirements.
2) A human tradition with high costs to ecosystems.
3) An energy expensive form of landscaping.
4) It is human aesthetics being chosen over the necessities (for survival) of other living things.
A yard is an opportunity develop a habitat for insects and wildlife. A yard is an opportunity to plant edibles, native plants (which require less watering and therefore put less stress on the local water supply), plants that are food sources to birds and insects. A yard can be a part of a larger effort to increase the amount of acreage (there are approximately 25 million acres of lawn currently in the U.S.) for species other than human beings. In short, a yard can be part of a reversal of a long-term trend toward habitat destruction.
What Are Your Choices?
What can you do? Here are some choices that are available to you.
1) Share this definition with others.
2) Convert your lawn to a garden or to a native habitat (which has a number of benefits) and look at the examples of others doing the same.
3) Ask political representatives to give tax incentives to those who use yard area for garden and natural habitats
4) Avoid the use of all herbicides and pesticides—and ask political representatives to restrict or ban the usage of pesticides sold as “weed killers” and lawn care products that harm the soil through an excess of nitrogen.