I finally made front page news today! The San Diego Union Tribune’s front page story was about people removing their lawns as a water-saving measure. Reporter Mike Lee quoted me as a local expert:
“It’s the beginning of the end of lawn at home,” said Nan Sterman, who teaches a class called “Bye Bye Grass” at the Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon.
Last week, the garden’s managers started a hotline for people to seek advice from Sterman about “water-smart” landscaping.
“It’s not just the early adopters anymore,” Sterman said. “It’s (average) people who are really getting the sense that we have to do something . . . which tells me that it’s becoming part of the mainstream.”
Yes, going grassless it is becoming mainstream. No longer do people walk by my front garden and scratch their heads, wondering where the grass went, or giving me funny looks when I tell them there never was any grass.
In fact, I just taught a Bye Bye Grass series at Quail Botanical Gardens this past week. It was a full class of men and women, from all over the county, all of whom came to learn how to get rid of their lawns and replace them with low water plants – and a few with vegetable gardens.
Are vegetable gardens lower water than lawns? I get this question all the time. It isn’t that easy to answer but generally, when you water a vegetable garden the idea is to target each plant. A lawn, on the other hand, is blanketed in spray. And most vegetable gardens are smaller than lawns.
Either way, as I like to say, if you are going to “spend” water, spend it on something that feeds you.
Click here to read the entire story.
And by the way, if you are interested in getting rid of your lawn, the next series of Bye Bye Grass is April 1 and April 4 at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College. The next series at Quail Botanical Gardens is May 13 and 17. To register (which is required) for either series, click here.
The class travels too… in case you have a venue where you’d like to have me teach it!