Think of the most beautiful grass you have ever seen. You are likely thinking of one of two places: a major league baseball park or a golf course. From the pitcher’s mound to center field and from the fairway to the hole, both of these venues sport a carpet of green that is smooth, even in color and height–perfection!

Maybe your lawn looks like that and maybe not. If it does, it is likely that you spend as many hours on it as a professional groundskeeper does at one of these venues. Along with those hours is an untold amount of fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides and water.

Though a fair share of baseball parks use an artificial turf these days, golf courses are still au natural. There are articles in the blogosphere warning of the negative effects golf course maintenance might have on the environment, including the aquifers from where well-water is pumped. In this country there are an estimated 15,000 golf courses. Think about that. There are tons of chemicals being used on golf courses. Then they are watered every day forcing those chemicals into the ground and the water supply.

Though the fairway may look enviable, it is not really very green–as in eco-friendly. If your lawn has a few yellow spots, take solace that you are doing your part by just living with it.

Of course, there is also a myriad of research done to create the perfect golf course turf that is disease resistant. The seed certainly has a lot to do with the perfect grass that Tiger Woods will return to in Georgia. After the Masters Tournament, Augusta closes down for six months while the groundskeepers nurture the grass back to health after the throngs in the gallery are long gone. Do you have that kind of time?