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Mekan Melyayev The Prudential N/A
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The Adverse Effects of Green Lawns
An Essay By
Mekan Melyayev
English Composition 121
February 26, 2002
Essay: The adverse effects of green lawns.
Lush, green, beautiful lawns surround almost every house in my suburban neighborhood. Green lawns are part of suburban culture. Few people consider the idea of not having one. T
he Associated Landscape Contractors of America, a trade group, claims, "A properly installed and maintained lawn gives homeowners a 100 to 200 percent return on their investment and increases overall property values in the neighborhood". Conversely, a poorly maintained lawn reduces property values for the neighborhood. Thus it makes sense to believe that people who own lavish, evenly trimmed, green lawns with no weeds or insect pests are good neighbors and responsible citizens.
This, however, doesn’ t mean that a nation of neighborhoods with such lawns is a nation of good neighbors and responsible citizens.
Such neighborhoods come with a hidden cost to society and to future generations. All homeowners know the price they personally pay to maintain their lawn. But they might not know that, far from being a harmless means of beautifying homes, the maintenance of lavish lawns has at least four serious consequences for society: pesticide toxicity, fertilizer runoff, water consumption and greenhouse gas production.
Each year, 67 million pounds of pesticides are used on lawns across the United States. This is about five to nine pounds of pesticide per acre of lawn (Daniels Stivie, The Green Lawn Handbook, 8).
Pesticides are chemicals that are used to kill insects that live in grass. Even though few people consider pesticides to be toxic or harmful




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