A letter to the editor in this morning’s Albuquerque Journal has removed the scales from my eyes:
The City Council recently turned down a proposal to restrict the rights of homeowners’ associations to require grass in residential landscapes. Grass has been made to seem like a culprit because of the amount of water it uses in comparison with some other plants, yet it is one of the best oxygen producers we have. In a city that is continuing to add humans who require oxygen for survival, doesn’t it seem contrary to common sense to restrict plants that produce oxygen?
And it’s not only oxygen. Apparently rain also follows the lawn:
Many studies show that the humidity produced by plants attracts rain. If we continue to remove large areas of green plants and replace them with large paved areas — gravel included — we reduce the capacity of our entire urban area to produce the humidity required to attract rain.
This effect is easy to see, as the rain clouds daily build into promising forms and simply pass us by. If we are concerned about our water future, shouldn’t we be trying to entice rain?
What time does Lowes open? I’m off to get some Weed and Feed. No time to waste!
update: A previous version of this post had a picture of a lawn care product. Some people interpreted that to mean the letter to the editor had been written by the lawn care company. That was not the case. It was written by a Journal reader named Debbie Butcher.