The concept of a lawn at a residence has a short, but rich, history. Basically, the rich had large estates and to demonstrate their wealth they had large swaths of land not used for cultivation. Today there are still people trying to show off their wealth by owning large lands of uselessness. Things seem to be changing though as people eschew their lawns – some people replace it with something good and others just don’t care about the class association.
Remember that lawns are something you can make a choice about: you can live in a place without the unnecessary space, in hot climates you can try xeriscaping, you can make your landscape green, or you can look into a long list of lawn alternatives.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the traditional American lawn has come in for some scrutiny in recent years. Some, like Baker, are abandoning regular lawn maintenance out of environmental concerns â€” lawns require fertilizer to grow and gas to mow, and they take up space that could otherwise be used for animal habitat.
Other folks are ditching their lawns because ofÂ the amount of water they soak upÂ â€” 9 billion gallons of itÂ per day,Â according to the EPA. Think of the miracle that is the modern water supply â€” pristine waterÂ pumped hundreds of miles, passed throughÂ shiny state-of-the-art filtration systems,Â treated with miracle chemicalsÂ that keep our teeth from falling out of our heads, and available on-demand at the twist of a knob. And then consider that we intentionallyÂ dump billions of gallons of that waterÂ out on the ground!