I was somewhat bothered by an article in yesterday’s Real Estate Journal about homeowners dropping their lawns for concrete and brick patios. While I admit that there are many great new materials out there for building patios and “artificial yards,” there is just something about having grass and other natural foliage around.
I’m a firm believer that having natural green around has a soothing effect on the mind, and apparently there are other benefits as well. According to ForeverGreen Canada, “Grass contributes positively to the environment, human health (erosion control, oxygen producer, dust eliminator, air filter, noise reducer, ambient air cooling effect), recreation (safe groundcover, reduces risk of injury), and aesthetic appeal (increases a property’s market value, scientifically-proven positive impact on mental health).”
I just hope our suburban neighborhoods don’t start to become concrete wastelands like the big cities because people think it is hip or because they’re just too tired of trimming or maintaining their yards.