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Mowing into the Future

From our editorial today:

The Inland Northwest’s traditional “lawn culture” – lots of green grass covering most of a household’s entire lot – is undergoing a change, and this change will become even more obvious in coming years. Water conservation, for instance, will likely become mandatory.
Lawns don’t just require lots of water. They demand hands-on care, too. Unfortunately, gas-powered tools used to keep a lawn in shape – mowers, edgers and weed whackers – contribute to the stagnant air that gets trapped in the Inland Northwest, especially in the summer. The polluted air can make it harder to breathe for younger and older people, and for everyone whose lungs are compromised.

Question: Have you adopted any alternative lawn practices?

P.S. Photo above is from the 1999 David Lynch movie “The Straight Story.” Photo and capsule review from
“In 1994 73 year-old World War II vet Alvin Straight made a 320 mile trip across two American states to see his estranged brother Lyle, recently stricken by a stroke. Maybe not such a big deal until you discover Alvin’s mode of transport was a ride-on lawn mower, his journey more a quest which took him 6 weeks to complete.”

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