Glyphosate, several weeks ago I attended a landscape design symposium.  One of the lecture topics was on biodiversity planning in landscape design.  The speaker was from a well-known University the handout included the University and USDA logo.

The University had a grant to plan, design and install a residential landscape that improved environmental biodiversity.  The University found a homeowner that agreed to a landscape makeover.  In return the new installation would be maintained by the University for 3 years.

Sounds great!  The design scale was impressive.  Like most designs the design scale exceeded the budget.  To save money the University decided to use Glyphosate (RoundUp) to kill the lawn.  Using Glyphosate (RoundUp)  eliminated the cost of renting a sod cutter and hauling the debris.

So I was confused.  Someone is lecturing me on the environmental benefits of using Glyphosate (RoundUp) to promote biodiversity planning in landscape design.  Two weeks prior to this lecture I attended several herbicide lectures so I am not totally confused.

In my own practice there has been many times where the design exceeds the budget.  It happens.  Best practice is to discuss the options with the client.  Never has a client chosen Glyphosate (RoundUp).  Either we scale back the design or the client agrees to increase the budget.

The University had a choice.  Scale back the design and do what was environmentally beneficial.  Instead, the University knowingly used Glyphosate (RoundUp) ignoring the environment issues.  The funded University project was focused on the environmental benefits of biodiversity planning in landscape design.

Author: Tina Gibson

Simply, my business goal is to be an environmentally ethical designer, gardener and horticulturalist. My experience includes public and private gardens that I have worked with.