UK drought challenges lawns

Sun, Apr 24, 2011

Climate Change, Lawns, UK Climate Change

Brown lawns are one of the pet hates for many English gardeners.

amy-and-brown-lawns-006Most lawns are tough and will survive long periods of drought, returning to their lush green colour as soon as we have some rain.

The UK obsession with having a healthy lawn is something that will have to be reviewed as climate change brings more drought conditions. Dr Geoff Dixon, Senior Research Fellow in Horticulture at the University of Strathclyde, predicts that green lawns could become symbols of “social and moral decadence” because of climate change and population growth, as measures are taken by governments to ration water.

“If you want a pristine English lawn you will have to pay in future,” he said.

Here is another idea for easy care lawns being advertised  in central London at the moment:


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