Most of us doing our weekend best to keep our lawns healthy, green, and well groomed probably wouldn’t think of lawn care from the angle of social criticism, but author Paul Robbins has done just that in his book,
Lawn Care: How Grasses, Weeds, and Chemicals Make Us Who We Are.

photo credit: www.vellosork.wordpress.com

photo credit: www.vellosork.wordpress.com

Lawn Care as Motivational Agent
Why do people use copious amounts of toxic chemicals in lawn and garden in spite of knowing the potential damage these products can do to wildlife, pets, and humans? What motivates suburban homeowners to “one-up” their neighbors with the latest in pattern lawn mowing? Why do some folks find lawn care inspiring, while others don’t bother with it at all? Robbins attempts to answer these questions in his book using a wide variety of research and survey data, interviews and photographs, and seeks the reasons fueling many Americans’ obsessive quest a flawless lawn. This blogger hasn’t read Robbins’ chronicle of lawn care and why we do (or don’t) do it, but it does bring some intriguing questions to mind. Perhaps most compelling for anyone dedicating most of their leisure time to lawn care is Robbins’ query, “How did the needs of the grass come to be my own?”

Lawn Care for Peace, Ecology, and…Enjoyment
Here are some ideas about why people retreat to their own emerald patches of serenity. Escaping from the computer screen, office politics, and an unending paper trail motivates many, but in a culture where productivity can’t always be measured in a simple way, looking at a freshly mown expanse of green lawn can bring deep satisfaction.

Another motivation for spending time tending our lawn and garden spaces involves the need for getting back to nature. Condo dwellers and suburban lawn warriors alike enjoy visiting wild places; these days, venturing into your backyard provides an economically feasible way of enjoying nature.

Whether it’s a soothing water feature or the zen of an uncluttered lawn that helps you de-stress, get out there and enjoy your lawn.