Lawns are beautiful. They are also a pain to maintain. Grass takes continual cutting, weed elimination, fertilization, edging, etc. Often it’s imposed onto a relatively foreign environment, keeping owners working to maintain it.
And yet most people don’t seem to really *use* their lawns.
Sure, the grass adds an ornamental effect for beautifying a house’s surroundings. But there are other ways to do that, and (as mentioned) the grass isn’t always easy to keep. So why aren’t owners using their lawns more?
They should be places of activity.
They should be places of play: golf, croquet, soccer, football, horseshoes, to name a few.
They should be places of socialization: some of the best picnics and receptions happen out on a well-kept lawn.
They are places of reflection: looking up at the stars at night, or reading books on a blanket.
Lawns – properly understood – are the human attempt to tame nature’s ground floor. They make the earth soft and living and beautiful and welcoming. If you won’t go outside onto your lawn without shoes, you’re doing something wrong – and you’re probably paying too much on landscaping costs.