Here’s the plan: Foster immaturity, discourage diversity, squander resources. Or, put another way: Mow your grass often to keep it from flowering or putting down deep roots; poison or pull any plants that aren’t grass (call these weeds); and use lots of fresh water, nutrients and energy to keep the sward artificially verdant and trim. The result, the ubiquitous turf lawn—that sink of weekend time, that field of neighborly conformity and not-so-neighborly competition—may look green and nice, but it is This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Seven Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 45 Bad Idea: Paper Straws On the straw man of sustainability. Arts & Culture Issue 44 Bad Idea: Context Collapse Why misunderstandings multiply online. Arts & Culture Issue 43 Bad Idea: P-Hacking What happens when researchers go fishing. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Bad Idea: Year Wraps An algorithmic celebration of your most depressing digital data. Arts & Culture Issue 41 Bad Idea: Stereo Type The omnipresent embarrassment of “exotic” type. Arts & Culture Issue 38 Bad Idea: Gender Reveals It’s time to burst the (pink or blue) bubble of this trend.