Conventional lawns require a lot of water and the excess nitrogen form the fertilizer has negative effects in the bay. Native plants would avoid both of these issues and also attract pollinators and other species.
This is probably one of the simplest and best things we could do for the health of the Great South Bay. We have allowed our lawn to grow along with the clovers and dandelions, and that’s a start. This year we are digging up patches of grass and converting as much as we can to expanding our veggie gardens.
I can’t lie and say that an old fashioned fertilized lawn doesn’t look great, but I agree it’s really important to find some alternatives. My dogs often get sick from chewing the grass of our neighbors fertilized lawn, and this is aside from the obvious and well known environmental problems with fertilizer. My only selfish concern is finding something that also looks nice. I'm curious what specific options exist?