Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 11/9/2013 (1439 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
In his Sept. 10 column, Time to turf the lawn?, Benjamin Gillies paints everyone with the same brush instead of focusing on problem areas. My wife and I love our yard and use it all the time. We water it maybe once or twice per year (in a wet year, not at all).
She waters her garden and flowers with rain water collected in barrels. We use herbicides, yes, but the ones we use are neutralized when they go into the soil. We have a cordless electric lawnmower. The majority of our yard-care costs stems from the flowers we purchase.
We couldn't afford a larger home, regardless of whether our lawns were smaller. To say that housing would be more affordable, because smaller lawns would allow developers to build more houses, thereby charging less for the houses built, is naive (at best and wilfully ignorant at worst) to the greed of developers.