Woman Pleads the Case for Why Lawns Are a Useless Waste of Time
How much time each year do you spend maintaining your lawn? Probably a lot! Lawns are, in fact, one of the biggest things that can really affect your home’s curb appeal, so people tend to try and keep it in as tip-top shade as possible. That means mowing it every week or so in the summer, keeping up with landscaping, and making sure everything looks a certain way.
But one woman who wrote an article for the website Lifehacker—appropriately titled “F*ck Lawns”—has kind of a real big issue with this. And she’s pretty feisty about it.
The subhead of the article alone reads, “Bare, green grass serves no purpose whatsoever and should be abolished,” so you know it’s going to get real into the nitty gritty.
“By all accounts, lawns should not exist, and we’d be better off without them,” the woman, listed as A.A. Newton, states. “Ecologically speaking, they’re a living nightmare; sociologically, they’re somehow worse. If you have a lawn, the best thing you can do is let it die.”
The article goes into more details on why the author believes lawns shouldn’t be a thing and how to exactly let your lawn die. She even includes real studies on lawn acreage and what constitutes the perfect lawn (and, again, why that is all a complete waste of your time).
“This definition hammers home how hilariously unrealistic lawns are as a concept,” the woman explains. “Green, lush, weed-free grass needs enormous amounts of upkeep in the form of water, fertilizer, weed killer, pesticides, fossil fuels, electricity, and physical labor. The bigger the lawn, the more it needs.”
Okay, but what if you have a lawn already—as most homeowners likely do? It’s not like you can just hit an erase button and poof you lawn doesn’t exist anymore.
Don’t worry—Newton has some pretty good advice on how to get rid of your lawn. Or at least, stop treating it quite like a lawn. One tip: She recommends starting to plant things other than grass—she suggests “trees, shrubs, flowering plants, vegetables and fruits, or whatever else you like.”
That doesn’t mean all the grass has to disappear. “Keep in mind that you can keep some grass around if you like—introducing other types of plants will actually keep it healthier, with less effort on your part,” she adds.
Interesting concept, right? If you want to learn more, check out the full article here!
What do you think of lawns? How long do you often spend maintaining yours? Have you ever thought about just ridding yourself of your lawn completely? What do you think of the idea now, after reading this author’s article?