Rethinking lawn care

This is a good opinion piece about lawn care, climate change, and alternatives to all that wasteful mowing and blowing.


I live in an area where people cultivate anywhere from a half acre to several acres to closely cut grass, but they never use it. I want to see lawns transformed to wildlife habitats — native woodlands, native prairies, deserts — whatever would occur in the place you live, free of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. Manicured lawns are a learned mass brainwashing that began in this country in the late 1800s and gained strength in the 20th century. This book explains it in full:

If you want some grass, a small patch should suffice. Keep it short with a scythe or a manual mower like they used in “olden” times (the early 1900s).

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