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Jun 2, 2010 11:29 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Post Office's au naturel lawn turns heads

Jun 2, 2010 11:29 AM

“It could look nicer, but it’s supposed to be organic. I wouldn’t mind having it in back,” said Kim Makowski, a bookkeeper at Dunkerley’s on Main Street, of the xeriscaping, “But what we really need is better parking. We’re backing into each other.”

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This is an idea whose time has come, despite all the folks who can't get past their lifelong fealty to the ideal of a neatly mowed lawn, which is now known to be an environmentally harmful practice. Unfortunately, the Postal Service gives the movement a black eye when they neglect the minimal maintenance that even this kind of hands-off landscaping needs, and especially when this neglect occurs in a highly visible place. Come on, USPS, if you're going to be a shining example of the new way, then ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1955), Quiogue on Jun 3, 10 11:12 PM
Agree on all points. We must move past this irrational love of perfectly-manicured lawns - they could, however, employ xeriscaping techniques while still maintaining a much better look than current.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Jun 8, 10 10:51 AM
be careful what you wish for....
By politcal pawn (120), Flanders on Jun 4, 10 12:17 AM
Looks like a foreclosure sale. Next thing you know Enzo Morabito will have a for sale sign on it.
By we could run this town! (129), wonderful Wainscott on Jun 4, 10 8:16 AM
who cares about the lawn?? what a waste of time and money. How about discussing the terrible planning of the parking lot? it's a nightmare just to get in and get out of the post office, let alone to look at the unsightly lawn. Fix the traffic problem first, then work on making everything pretty.
By youngdem (16), Southampton on Jun 5, 10 6:20 PM
The "landscaping" is something you would see in Tijuana, thanks USPS for a third world experience.
By bigfresh (4493), north sea on Jun 6, 10 11:41 AM
Why "Tijuana"? You never miss an opportunity to make race an issue even when talking about grass.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Jun 8, 10 10:49 AM
Given your hypersensitivity, it would seem you're the one for whom everything is "about race".

By the way, what race is "Tijuana"?
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jun 8, 10 8:40 PM
Oh, please, realityfirst, we all know exactly what you meant, we've read your other posts.
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Jun 10, 10 7:04 PM
I've stopped chemical anything-ing my lawn. I still mow it, though.I pray for pretty green moss, as the damn ticks LIKE tall grass...
By Jean (79), whb on Jun 6, 10 7:08 PM
Me too, Jean. No chemicals, but as long as I mow the clover it still looks green and well-kept. In the shadier areas I have beautiful, green moss! My neighbors have their lawns sprayed so often that I am sure they are polluting the water table and god knows what else, but we can't allow the ignorance of those around us to be an excuse for doing the same.
By lablover (104), Southampton on Jun 8, 10 11:23 AM
make the horrible lawn ANOTHER parking lot!!!!
By C888 (11), East Hampton on Jun 6, 10 7:11 PM
It was easier to park at the old address! Poor parking lot planning by someone. I go to Watermill, at least I can get a parking spot in the back.
By Talbot77 (53), southampton on Jun 7, 10 1:06 PM
I'm with the others on the parking lot.. The lawn is way below on the list of priorities...

Seriously, who developed the parking lot plans? What a mess and constantly dangerous situation... How many accidents have there been in the parking lot and trying to get out of there???
By localgirl (17), southampton on Jun 7, 10 1:39 PM
You can't be serious?

The parking at Nugent Street was only tolerated, hardly celebrated. Or did we forget that we actually parked in "the bank's" parking lot next door? The truth is, there weren't any on-site parking spaces at the old Post Office; just a few spots on the street.

I've observed those using the parking lot at the new facility and the problem is primarily with the driver, not the lot. Yes, there could be more spaces but those who use the lot act like "parking ...more
By Dodger (161), Southampton Village on Jun 8, 10 10:50 AM
If my lawn looked like that, Code Enforcement would be knocking at my door.
By Q333 (161), Southampton on Jun 11, 10 8:19 PM
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By HBPatriot (19), Hampton Bays on Jun 12, 10 10:51 AM
I for one have "controlled weeds" myself, and they are quite low maintenance. In fact, it is all indigenous grasses, and VERY drought resistant.

Frankly, I don't really need my lawn to be the consistency of my living room rug, wasting such a precious resource as fresh water.

There are still places in the world today where people die over fresh water, and there are just too many who squander it on expensive, unnecessary landscaping.

Just my opinion though...
Jun 11, 10 11:56 PM appended by Mr. Z
Oh, and lest we forget about nitrate pollution, I should make mention of it...
By Mr. Z (11485), North Sea on Jun 11, 10 11:56 PM
it sure is easy to obtain a nys driver's license.learn how to drive at the richard petty driving school experience.q333 you are so correct
By asurest (117), easthampton on Jun 12, 10 8:48 AM
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