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Bad Idea: Lawns

A green and pleasant death knell for diversity.
Words by Alex Anderson. Photograph by Franco Fontana.

A green and pleasant death knell for diversity.
Words by Alex Anderson. Photograph by Franco Fontana.

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

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This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Seven

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