Monday, August 11, 2008

Diatribe on lawn

I hate lawn. I can't imagine anything more egotistical, useless, and unenvironmental. People in the suburbs spend so much time and energy trying to beautify their lawns by cutting it with these loud gas powered mowers (they also smell really bad), using obnoxious weed wackers and pesticides/chemicals as well as wasting so much water on them. It's become such a status symbol...the bigger and greener your lawn...the bigger your "fill in whatever blank you want." Josh says lawn appeals to our sense of orderliness and dominion over our surroundings. It's disgusting how we need to feed our egos to the detriment of our environment and common sense.

I want to get rid of our front lawn and replace it with a productive garden that can feed 3 families, but I'd be the laughing stock of Scarsdale. It makes sense to me.

I heard from someone that this is how American Indians feel about lawn, they're so perplexed why we would waste so much productive space on something so useless.

5 comments:

RC said...

Amen! Go with a Xeriscape!

stella said...

I like your idea of a productive garden. Perhaps you could combine it with some sort of a natural garden or put up a greenhouse. Seems like a fun admirable project!

Cassandra Jupiter said...

Stella - the problem is that if you have anything other than lawn, your neighbors will hate you for bringing down the neighborhood. It's an unwritten code of conformity to maintain lawn, anyone who doesn't is a pariah.

farnk said...

You go girl! How about an "enchanted" garden with exotic bushes, seagrass, brick walkways and solar lights? The neighbors would ENVY it.

SBP Editor said...

I'd like to at least pass an ordinance requiring neighbors to mow their lawns using the human-powered mowers like they use on golf greens. They are quiet, use no gasoline, don't smell, and even give their owners some exercise for free, too (for owners who like to exercise).