The Truth About Grass
Grass in the Tulsa area is snatching away your free time, making your wallet thinner, and hurting the environment. Here’s why.
Tulsa is in a transitional zone for horticulture. That means that our area endures the extremes of both hot and cold weather. Our summers are too hot and humid for cool season grasses; our winters are too cold for warm season grasses.
We spend a lot of our personal time trying to have lush green grass from early spring to late fall. No matter how hard we try or how many chemicals we use, cool season grasses such as Fescue and Rye will not stay green in the heat of summer; warm season grasses such as Bermuda and Zoysia will not be green in fall and early spring.
Lawns control much of the time you could be spending on more pleasurable leisure activities such as swimming, hunting, fishing, or playing ball with the kids. And, don’t forget, lawns that emulate golf greens are not accomplished without a price in terms of labor, expense, and fertilizer.
In fact, the things that we put on grass to encourage its growth are often potent chemical allergens that affect our children and pets. Unfortunately, those chemicals are also pollutants that affect our water supplies as they make their way as storm water runoff into our lakes and streams.
As a monumental tip of the hat to our environment and as a way to regain your leisure time, join the 20% club. Reduce the size of your lawn by 20% this year and replace with plants that grow well in our area.
Your family, your pets, your neighbors, your wallet, and, definitely, the environment will thank you!