Courtesy Photo / Rhianna Weilert

We love grass in the United States. In fact, we've planted nearly 40 million acres of turf — along highways, in parks and in our home lawns. 

Turf grass isn't inherently bad, but the problem, according to the Kansas City Native Plant Initiative, is that there is too much of it.

“It has virtually no value to native species of wildlife that live here,” volunteer project coordinator Kathy Gates told Steve Kraske on KCUR's Up to Date

Another downside? It’s expensive to maintain.

Grass That Lasts

Sep 25, 2012

If you're one of those folks who doesn't mind watering the lawn occasionally, but didn't quite feel like jacking up your water bill during this hot summer, you allowed your grass to go dormant. And then it went brown.