Sunday, October 14, 2007

Blog Action Day: Answer

What is the most popular perennial in the world?
Kentucky Bluegrass

Kentucky Bluegrass requires 2 inches of water per week in order to thrive. That doesn't sound like much until you do the math...

2 inches of water = 1200 gallons
(per week, per thousand feet of lawn)

Even a small bluegrass lawn can guzzle 20,000+ gallons of water per month. Your lawn could drink a million gallons of water during the summer.

We waste water to make it grow. But, then we've got to mow it!
*Running your lawnmower for an hour causes as much pollution as 40 cars on the highway.

And, no matter how hard we try, it doesn't look that pretty...
* Keeping this poor performer looking green requires a continuous dose of chemical fertilizers.

Save the world and save yourself a whole lot of money:

Replace Kentucky Bluegrass with Dwarf Fescue.*
  • Dwarf Fescue is waterwise. This will cut your water bill to 1/4 of what you're spending on thirsty Kentucky Bluegrass.
  • You can fire ChemLawn - Dwarf Fescue doesn't need fertilizer.
  • Fire the lawn team while you're at it! Dwarf Fescue needs to be mowed every month, or so, not every weekend.
Dwarf Fescue is a slow-growing, drought-tolerant, lush, lovely, turf grass that does what grass is supposed to do. It just sits there and looks pretty.

* Blog Action Day invited over 15,000 Bloggers to speak on one day, in one voice, for one cause: the future of our environment.


Colleen said...

I already have a Kentucky Bluegrass lawn (and hate it!) Is it possible to mix in a better variety of grass to an existing lawn or am I out of luck?

fancypantsnancy said...

I hear Buffalo grass and gamma grass are drought tolerant too. But I have basically done what you have done, that is, I have torn out about a lot of my lawn and replaced it with more xeric plants.
It has worked well for me.