Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Let's Not Get Too Carried Away With This Native Thing

Yesterday, I wrote about learning that my city actually paid people to police the plants that grow around people's houses and being shocked that people think that's actually a good use of tax money.

I researched the issue further and found some great articles such as "Turf War" by Elizabeth Kolbert, and "Why Mow?:  The Case Against Lawns" by Michael Pollan and great quotes such as "There's nothing wrong with dandelions; there's something wrong with people" by William Niering.

I also found Wild Ones, a group of native plants enthusiasts.  They seemed pretty cool, so I became a member.

So far, I've learned a lot about native plants and their benefits for our ecosystem.  Some members of the group work very hard to restore their land to the traditional native habitat of plants and animals.

However, I'm not totally sold on the native thing.

If it goes too far, then everyone who's not Native American is going to have leave as well.

I mean I just don't want to have to cut the damn lawn.

I guess leaving the country would be one way of doing it.

But that's not what I had in mind. 

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