A Cultural & Historical perspective on the American Lawn
Sunday, July 28
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
A Cultural & Historical perspective on the American Lawn – Judy Preston, LI Sound Watershed Regional Conservation Coordinator
The American Lawn: Environmental Friend or Foe?
Turf grasses cover an estimated 50 million acres across the United States (an area about the size of the New England states), and most of that is in residential lawns. In and of themselves, lawns don’t have to be an environmental issue, but when they are intensively managed using nitrogen fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides, and water, they can significantly impact water resources, including Long Island Sound. How did we get here? The green, weed-free lawn didn’t exist in America until the late 18th century. We’ll look at the history of the American Lawn, as well as alternatives and improvements that can make our neighborhoods and communities more sustainable and environmentally sound. What you do in your backyard, matters!