Productive Landscapes

From corporate campuses to residential lawns, springtime finds maintenance companies and homeowners doing extensive work preparing bluegrass lawns  for view.  Yes, view.  Most of the lawns in the U.S. are simply for show.  They are only walked on when the maintenance crew is scheduled to cut, fertilize, or otherwise waste their time (not to mention waste of the increasingly rare resource of water) maintaining this outdated element of the landscape.

We believe in productive landscapes.  By productive landscapes me mean landscapes that have meaning, purpose, beauty, and utility within their context.  Bluegrass lawns do not fit this definition, except for using bluegrass as a well-designed and appropriately scaled component of a public park or active recreation playfields.  By choosing wisely how to design outdoor spaces, and re-directing our basic assumptions about what is appropriate, we can contribute to a sustainable design approach for public and private places.  

Instead of the bluegrass lawn that no one uses, consider native grasses.  Instead of the bluegrass lawn as the front door to your corporate headquarters, consider a vegetable garden that will bring employees together, create a sense of community, and possibly even reflect the values of the company through healthy heating.  By paying attention to the values of your employees, customers, clients, and whoever else might be influenced by your actions, you can contribute to a more sustainable future and generate a positive discussion about who you are and what you do.

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