Study on lawn care in cities finds similarities and differences important to urban sustainability.
Five cities across and up and down the country hundreds, even thousands of miles separating them and all have lawns that are managed in very similar ways, regardless of local environmental conditions. Researchers at 12 institutions collaborated. They tested a “homogenization hypothesis.” Research on residential landscapes is critical to sustainability science believes Peter Groffman, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, New York. “Lawns not only cover a larger extend [of land] than any other irrigated ‘crop’ in the U.S., the scientists wrote in their paper, “but are expected to expand in coming decades.” They continued, “The potential homogenization of residential lawn care has emerged as a major concern for carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and water flows.” The research was funded by the National Science Foundtion. (2014) National Science Foundation Press Release.
National study reveals urban lawn care habits
Full article: Assessing the homogenization of urban land management with an application to US residential lawn care