BIOL-1230 Acreage of Lawns in The Us Question
Watch the 27 minute film Gimme Green online and answer the following questions in your class
notes (they are not necessarily listed in order). The film including these questions will be included
in M5Q1 – the Module 5 assessment.
?What is the acreage of lawns in the US?
?Does a well-maintained lawn add value to property? Explain
?Where do lawns rank among irrigated crops in the US?
?When and why did Americans start to grow lawns?
?Provide some arguments in support of lawns.
?How much do Americans spend on lawns each year?
?Where do pesticides and herbicides applied to lawns end up?
?How much acreage is converted to lawns in the US each day?
?Do lawn pesticides and herbicides get into the water table? How do we know? Explain.
?Provide some arguments in opposition to lawns.
?What is eutrophication? How do lawns contribute to it?
?What are some alternatives to lawns that do not require irrigation? Give pros and cons of
?Why do some communities require lawns to be well kept and mowed to a certain height?
?In Fall 2021, Georgia Southern removed native landscaping including many species of trees
and shrubs (as well as the habitat they provide) in front of the Biological Sciences building
and replaced a large area in front of the building and along the bordering streets with sod (a
single species of grass to create a green lawn). List the pros and cons of this action.
?What are your personal views about lawns after viewing this film?
B. Review the You Decide on p. 349 in your textbook: “When do water issues transcend
homeowners rights?” Answer the questions listed there (replicated below).
When do water issues transcend homeowners rights?
Planned communities in the United States are often governed by homeowners associations (HOAs).
In order to enhance property values, HOAs draw up rules for living in the communities they govern
and enforce them with fines. Studies show that green lawns can increase property value by 10%,
therefore HOAs often require weed-free lawns with water- intensive landscaping and fine owners
who do not comply. In arid states, such as California, more than half of residential water goes to
irrigation of landscaping. Imagine yourself as the president of an HOA in California, working to
maintain property values and conserve limited water resources in your planned community:
?How will you balance the conflicting demands of irrigating lawns to maintain property value
and water restrictions to conserve water for other essential needs?
?How do you answer critics who claim you are working against the common good?