The American lawn has come under fire lately. It’s filled with non-native plant species, it’s lousy wildlife habitat, you can’t eat anything growing in it, and you have to burn fossil fuels to mow it. But, it turns out your manicured lawn might be much better than expected at sequestering carbon from the atmosphere.
Biology graduate student Carly Ziter has dug soil samples in hundreds of Madison backyards to investigate the environmental value of urban lawns. She joins Eight O’Clock Buzz host Brian Standing by phone.