The lawn as community ideology

The neighbors have a lawn service and their guy comes out on Wednesdays. So, I try to cut my grass on Wednesdays also because our yards kind of flow together. And the neighbor behind us, if they see us out they will also cut their grass on the same day, to keep it all looking nice at the same time So we kind of keep an eye on each other, thinking OK, this is grass cutting day. (Suzanne, Ohio resident, Spring 2003) As Suzanne suggests and as echoed by myriad other informants, the needs of the...

The lawn speaks objects subjects and political ecology

None of this is to say that the lawn isn't itself produced or that it somehow pre-exists the capitalist economy of its creation. Nevertheless, the lawn itself has independent power in the process of producing that economy, its constituent agents, and the ideas of those agents. It is not the prime mover of such a system, but it is an essential part. It has its own interests too, mediated by the structured flows of fertilizer, water, and pesticides in the urban infrastructure where it is...

Lawn Chemical Use Ecology And Risk

Certainly I've been responsible over the years. When there were younger kids in the neighborhood, I made sure they weren't getting on the grass, and put those little flags up, keeping them off so that they don't walk through it and put it in their mouth. The pronouncements of people like Tom, interviewed in his home in 2003, suggest a growing awareness that lawn chemicals have social and ecological effects. More generally, there is a growing acknowledgment that the demands of lawn care, when...

The Political Economy Of Lawn Chemical Production

We wish to suggest here, moreover, that the expansion of the lawn and the increasing intensity of its ecology occur at appreciable expense and represents the end of an extensive commodity chain, with political economic pressures for its development exerted at multiple scales. Pressures for the development of the lawn monoculture are most evident at the local scale where the economy of urban development assures a steady supply of spaces for management and an enforced demand for normative lawn...