While she notes the obvious about lawns impact on our water supply she does note that it is useful for carbon sequestration which is being used as an argument by the turf industry for why lawns are actually environmentally friendly. Unfortunately they don’t mention that ALL plants sequester carbon and the overall surface area of leaves from a 5×5 drought tolerant shrub is bound to be more than a 5 sq. foot patch of lawn and it takes less water, less maintenance, and doesn’t need fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides to thrive!!
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