I travel often for work and have often wondered why you don’t see more variation in the vegetation in between the runways and taxiways. It is almost always short grass (Or in desert areas scrub). It is often easy to quickly find airports on satellite images of urban locations because they have the most open grass areas for miles around. Take these two examples (EWR and LAX):
Is there any regulations, restrictions or custom which would prevent the airport from planting wild flowers or even low crops in those open spaces? I can obviously see why planting corn or something tall would be hazardous, but it seems like a waste of open space. Additionally, it takes a lot of water to keep all that grass alive. I also realize that crops would create some logical issues with the farming equipment crossing the taxiways, but they need to mow the area now so that would probably not be insurmountable.