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Have a Heart, Kill Your Lawn

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Source: Katie McKissick’s Symbiartic post: Don’t Be a Water Jerk.
Image © Katie McKissick

Few things are more inviting than a flawless green turf, stretching out before you like a luscious green tumbling mat – unless, of course, that lawn is in the Southwestern United States and you are aware of the severity of the drought that marches on in the region. Science comic and California resident Katie McKissick refuses to bow to the peer pressure of the green lawns in her neighborhood, though, and has created a series of badges to explain her singed, lifeless lawn to the quizzical neighbors (who listen intently to her reasoning while mindlessly hosing off their sidewalks…) Wear them with pride, water-conservationists!

More amusing badges by McKissick can be found in her Symbiartic post: Don’t Be a Water Jerk.

Kalliopi Monoyios About the Author: Kalliopi Monoyios is an independent science illustrator. She has illustrated several popular science books including Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within, and Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True. Find her at www.kalliopimonoyios.com. Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.



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  1. 1. greenhome123 1:55 pm 07/1/2014

    With a solar panel, car battery, inverter, and a dehumidifier you can make about 5 gallons of water per day.

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  2. 2. Sean McCann 11:22 am 07/2/2014

    It is also a good way to make your lawn inhospitable to European Fire Ants (if they are in your area).

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  3. 3. pbjenny 1:39 pm 07/3/2014

    The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center in Texas is developing drought adaptive native grass lawns. Call it Habiturf. Suppose to be low water lawns (twice a month).

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  4. 4. PaulScott 6:27 pm 07/6/2014

    Here in CA, the number one use of electricity is the pumping of water. Second place is the extraction and refining of oil into gasoline and diesel.

    Saving water is also saving electricity which is saving on pollution from oil, coal and natural gas. The dots are all connected.

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