lawns…

we have a backyard that is about 150 sq. meters… couple of days ago it looked like a “baby jungle”… we asked a guy if he could put lawn on it.. he said yeah and that it wud cost us $1950 only… YIKES!!! so we ( my cousin and I ) made a gameplan to do it ourselves in order to save a couple of bucks.. we start in an unconventional way by using a 14” black & decker trimmer to cut the weeds that stood at around 2 feet to ground level… then we rented ($52 for 4 hours from home depot) a 5 and a half HP tiller (honda fc 600) to till the ground…. that machine was indeed a beast!! it took the two of us to run it along the ground.. a day after the whole event, the muscles in the back and shoulder area are so sore.. but that was not what i wanted to convey through this post…

here are a couple of facts that should get u thinking…

1. grass is the largest irrigated crop in the US.. even more than corn.. other than that of aesthetical beauty, it has absolutely no utility ( an economic term)… in fact planting grass over a large area harms the biodiversity of that region…

2. around 60% of all US residential water is used for landscaping, especially for grass… contrast that with the millions that have water as a scarce commodity.. especially in africa…

3. the US houshold spends $1200 annually for professional lawn care services…. thats more than the annual income for many in poorer countries…

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