There are many seemingly insignificant things that we take for granted. It is only when we have reached a precipice that we start to take notice of more minute yet important details. There are a number of examples that immediately come to mind like our perception of landscaping and lawns.
When we happen to pass by and look at lawns or manicured gardens, we don't really give them much afterthought. It's like they're just there, something as common as birds or trees or rocks and whatnot. But now that we're on the topic let's explore the bigger picture regarding lawns and landscaping.
What probably naturally pops in our heads when we think landscape and lawns is related to aesthetics. Landscaping is done to make an area look good. Lawns give homes and other establishments that green and appealing wide open space look.
For starters, that is true and it very well could still be the primary reason why landscaping is being done in the first place. However, as we move forward and become more aware of our impact toward the environment we begin to see past the trivial stuff and realize that there are more serious issues to be considered.
Landscaping and turfgrass expansion pros and cons
As world population grows, so does the number of lawns that sprout out. Opinions regarding landscaping practices and the spread of turfgrass vary, and these include both positive and negative.
On the up side, the increasing number of lawns is seen as a good thing for the environment. Turfgrass helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions aside from making areas look good. This is something we sorely need today to counteract the damage being done to the environment by our gizmos, industries and activities.
More lawns also mean more areas of topsoil being covered and saved from erosion. With the type of growth we're experiencing on a global scale, this could be a huge payout for future generations.
However, on the down side, some people argue that more lawns require more maintenance and use of chemicals that add further damage to the environment, not to mention the added costs involved. Even something as simple as the length of turfgrass makes a big difference. If it is cut too short, it could mean the growth of weeds which could lead to the use of chemicals for maintenance.
Furthermore, if turfgrass is not properly maintained the result could mean dead or unhealthy patches of grass unable to prevent soil erosion. This will result in a useless area of land that would probably be better off being converted to a concrete structure.
Another negative effect with the addition of lawns is unnecessary space being taken up that may be better used for more ecologically beneficial spaces like gardens or meadows. However, having lawns is still better than not having anything at all, so we will have to see what the future brings regarding this issue.
The future of landscaping
When it comes to maintaining lawns, less is more. By doing basic but crucial practices like proper mowing and watering, the benefits to be derived from landscaping are maximized and we can at least breathe a little easier knowing that the issue of carbon dioxide emission is being addressed.