Regarding the May 13 article “Turf comes up again,” I hope that the City Council is aware that there is something inherently wrong, especially given recent horrific events in the Gulf of Mexico, about resorting to artificial turf manufactured using petroleum products in order to save water and to avoid brown front lawns.
In addition to moves by governments worldwide toward solutions by which we can wean ourselves off oil and its related products, there is the issue of climate change and ocean-surface warming associated with weather extremes and species die-off.
One can empathize with other lawn owners. Most of us bought our homes already landscaped traditionally, and the prospect of switching from grass to alternatives can be onerous, especially given the economy. Thankfully, a green lawn can survive using the city’s three-day irrigation schedule, and beds containing less-thirsty shrubbery and perennials can be enlarged over time, thereby reducing lawn area.