The radio show Freakonomics recently spent a half hour discussing the pros and cons of lawns. They delve into the history of this now-too-common landscaping trend. I particularly liked that they pointed out the lack of natural parallel for lawns: the only thing that looks remotely like a lawn is a pasture after sheep have grazed it and even then, pastures have greater biodiversity.
I’ve discussed lawns and an alternative in a post last year. For now, enjoy the podcast by listening below or head on over to the episode page here.