While many people across the United States are fed up with grass lawns, many homeowner’s associations (HOAs) still insist on them — and one Instagrammer is sick of it.
While vast stretches of turf grass are common in the U.S., the species of grass used for lawns aren’t actually adapted to this climate. That’s why they take so much water, fertilizer, herbicide, weeding, and constant trimming to maintain.
That’s why Barnes prefers natural meadows full of a mix of native plant species.
“Over here we’ve got a park with a beautiful meadow,” he says in the video, panning across a lush field with the sound of crickets chirping in the background.
Barnes then shows viewers the sharp dividing line between the beautiful meadow and the neighboring property. “That beautiful meadow turns straight into a manicured lawn,” he says.
There’s no fence or barrier to divide the properties in the video — just a sharp transition from tall, natural native species to short, mowed grass stretching out to large houses in the distance.
“This manicured turf grass is not native to Virginia and was planted here solely for the purpose of looking good and boring,” Barnes explains.
The grass is visibly dried out, with many yellow and brown patches.
Commenters on the post couldn’t agree more.
“I absolutely second that I would rather see a beautiful garden than a boring lawn,” said one.
“How are HOAs legal?” questioned another.
Unfortunately, homeowners who live with HOAs face an uphill battle to plant any kind of garden not approved by the board. However, some residents have had success changing their HOAs’ rules.
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