Mailbag: Oil-based products not green, either

May 19, 2010

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.


The alternatives of drought-tolerant ground covers, drought-resistant lawn seed, and (should the city clarify and support it more effectively) use of rain-permeable ground surfaces — such as decomposed granite or pebbles designed between bark-mulched beds of beautiful native plants — are superior solutions, especially considering how much of the planet is already laden with non-living substances like asphalt and concrete.

Agreed, lawn maintenance requires gas-powered equipment, but alternatives exist now to remedy even that noisy, polluting scourge, including cordless chargeable electric equipment, and the option of mowing every other, rather than every, week.

Electric leaf blowers have been available for years and are light enough for even a gal like me to use, which I do using the “low” setting, which is sufficient. Brooms, too!

Glendale utility users recently got bill enclosure notices about an offer from the South Coast Air Quality Management District for a lawn mower exchange program where applicants can pay $100 to $165 for a $400 to $500 residential cordless electric mower by registering at (888) 425-6247.

Meanwhile, considering artificial turf, vinyl front windows and so on — there have got to be brighter, smarter non-petroleum solutions for Glendale.



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