We've written plenty about lawns here recently. We've advocated losing them entirely in favor of drought-tolerant, bird- and bee-friendly plants. We've suggested starting no-dig gardens over a patches of grass.
But really .... What's so bad about lawns, anyway?
This is the best explanation we've found so far: "Turf Wars," an article in The New Yorker by Elizabeth Kolbert.
It's a bit lengthy, but if you've ever been curious about the history of the lawn and why having much of one is generally a pretty bad idea for the environment, then you should take a few minutes and read.
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