Encourage grass lawn alternatives
[Submitted via email by Patrice Allen]
Grass lawns use excessive water and toxic fertilizers, just to get that lush look. Why not more veggie & flower beds? Or Japanese style pebbles, bricks, tiles, and water-recycling ponds (also to help prevent noise pollution and give the birds a place to drink from) and, most low maintenance of all, a herb lawn of thyme or any of the other fragrant, soft, herbaceous carpets that grow themselves. Encourage planting of succulents (less watering) and native plants and grasses.
The City does encourage alternatives to lawns http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/guidelines/W005.pdf
Dave Peterson commented
Replace lawns and create more biodiversity, reduce maintenance and use less water and fertilizers by planting native ferns, salal and other ground covers and shrubs.
In other locations (around tennis courts, beside road curbs, in boulevard medians?), replace lawns with community gardens or lease the space to commercial gardeners.
Like like like! Why do we have GRASS everywhere? I especially like the idea of an herb lawn. Cool!
Colleen M commented
We actually don't need to water at all -- if we plant the right things. More education and encouragement to do this, please.