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Lawns Aren't Green -- Part 2: The History

(Unless otherwise stated, all the information in this post comes from the book Lawn People by Paul Robbins.)

Lawns were literally designed to be a resource suck. I don't mean yards, houses have had land around them for centuries, but that was thought of as useful land. As I said in  Part 1, lawns are large patches of turfgrass just for aesthetics.
Remember in history class when they taught you about the French monarchs who got their heads chopped off for living ridiculously exorbitant lives while their subjects starved? Well, they're the ones that invented the concept of the lawn. They wanted to show that they were so wealthy they could completely waist land, water, and labor by growing a finicky, useless crop.

This idea spread when nobility from other countries visited, and took the idea with them. As the nobility around Europe popularized the lawn, anyone who wanted to show that they were well off would copy the idea.

After the industrial revolution, with inventions such as the lawn mower, it became possible for many more people to maintain their lawn. This is why lawns are standard today.
And they are standard. If you got rid of your lawn, what would you do with the space? Wouldn't it just look horrible? Not necessarily.
That's going to be part 3 of this series: Alternatives. See you then!

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