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Press Release 14-033
Lawns across America: Is the US becoming one shade of green?

Study on lawn care in cities across the country finds similarities, differences important to urban sustainability

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Aerial views of San Diego; Miami; Philadelphia; Chicago; Phoenix; and Levittown, N.Y.

Aerial views of San Diego; Miami; Philadelphia; Chicago; Phoenix; and Levittown, N.Y.

Credit: N. Giner, Clark University


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A yellow sign saying Caution pesticide application standing out of a green lawn

The so-called "industrial lawn," often found in U.S. suburban and urban areas.

Credit: E. Harris, Clark University


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Photo of a U.S. suburban house with lawn garrage and cars parked outside

Many U.S. urbanites don't manage their lawns as intensively as "industrial lawn" thinking implies.

Credit: C. Polsky, Clark University


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U.S. urban landscape from Phoenix showing a house with a green lawn, treese and a parked car.

Conventional wisdom holds that U.S. urban landscapes increasingly resemble this Phoenix lawn.

Credit: S. Hall and K. Larson, ASU


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Photo of a house  with  xeriscaping featuriing a stone garden and palm trees

Are "alternative" land management options, such as xeriscaping, becoming more prevalent?

Credit: S. Hall and K. Larson, ASU


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Map of land cover in a Boston suburb showing similar proportions devoted to lawn and tree cover.

Land-cover mapping in a Boston suburb shows similar proportions devoted to lawn and tree cover.

Credit: C. Polsky, Clark University


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