• Mohan Iyer

Lawns, our biological deserts

Updated: Mar 17

By Mohan Iyer, Mississauga Master Gardener and BB volunteer member


A friend of mine has spend over $15,000 in the last 4 years on his front and back yards.

His reason? "To grow lawn”, referring to his turfgrass sod, a high-maintenance blend of European grass species plus the surface layer of earth held together by their roots.


I was aghast! Lawns are dead ecosystems. They are equivalent to concrete footpaths when it comes to their ecological contribution. Yet home owners in North America collectively spend billions of dollars in trying to perfect the art of turf maintenance. What a marketing success, I must say.