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.