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Choose concrete over garden lawn, urges respected gardener

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One of the nation's leading authorities on organic gardening has lambasted the practicalities of maintaining a perfectly preened garden lawn, claiming it's bad for the environment.

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One of the nation's leading authorities on organic gardening has lambasted the practicalities of maintaining a perfectly preened garden lawn, claiming it's bad for the environment. Writing in Amateur Gardening magazine, Bob Flowerdew argued that maintaining a luscious lawn is as bad for the environment as 'driving a gas-guzzling vehicle', dailymail.co.uk reports. Flowerdew, known for his panelist role on Radio 4 Gardeners' Question Time and books on organic gardening, suggested that pulling up the lawn completely and replacing it with perennials, or concrete, is far kinder to the environment. 'With the prediction of drier summers ahead and the increasing frequency of hosepipe bans, browned-out turf all summer is going to become more and more likely,' he wrote. 'Indeed, having a green lawn may even become seen as heinous a sin as driving a gas-guzzling vehicle.' Ultimately, anything that doesn't require 'watering, feeding, aerating, scarifying or mowing' is better, he added; perhaps paving the way for contemporary garden buildings or gravelled paths instead. Flowerdew's article hasn't won him any favours with his green-fingered peers, telegraph.co.uk reports. Even Tim Rumball, editor of the Amateur Gardening magazine, rubbished his thoughts by saying: "Take away the lawn and you're left with a jungle and nowhere to walk, relax and enjoy all your efforts.

Author:

Chris Taylor

13th August 2012