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What do you make of this new study, posted in ABC email today?

*Leafy or bare? Garden choices unearthed*

A team of Tasmanian researchers is investigating why some people choose a leafy front garden, while others are happy with a bare expanse of lawn.

The University of Tasmania study aims to help urban landscapers design greener cities that satisfy their residents.

Findings from the three-year nationwide study will be used to plan leafier cities.

Professor James Kirkpatrick, who is leading the survey, says socio-economic status is the main influence on choice of garden.

"There was no relationship whatsoever between how close you were to your neighbours and what your garden was like, so quite dramatically different gardens can be right next door to each other," he said.

Professor Kirkpatrick says the tertiary-educated prefer leafy gardens, while bare turf was popular in gardens in poorer areas.

"It tends to be associated with income, the higher the income the higher the proportion of trees in front gardens, we found that for the whole of eastern Australian cities," he said.

May 3, 2010 | Registered CommenterMulch Pit Web Guru

It also depends a lot on how much time you have on your hands. Setting up a garden actually takes up a lot of time, and many people just don't have it any more. In our consumption society, most people will just pay to have it done for them, or go for the low cost lawn option. Shame about that!

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

Yes, time. Gardening does take time. That's why permaculture blitzes are so fantastic. For low cost and little time - many hands make light work - a bunch of people can transform a lawn into a very solid beginnings of a garden. Let's rally the troops one day soon and go for a blitz, eh?

May 7, 2010 | Registered CommenterMulch Pit Web Guru

That sounds like fun! Whose place can we transform first?

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLucy