Low Tech Podcast, No. 51 – 22 Jul 2022
What to Do About Lawns?
In this episode we look back at the history of, problems with, and alternatives to the great American obsession with lawns.
Works cited and links:
Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021) American Time Use Survey. https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/atus.pdf
Frances K. Vinlove & Robert F. Torla (1994) “Comparative Estimations of U.S. Home Lawn Area,” Journal of Turfgrass Management 1:1, 83-97, https://doi.org/10.1300/J099v01n01_07
Freakonomics (2017) “How Stupid is Our Obsession with Lawns.” No. 289. https://freakonomics.com/podcast/how-stupid-is-our-obsession-with-lawns/
Ingraham, Christopher (2015) “Lawns are a Soul-Crushing Timesuck and Most of Us Would Be Better Off Without Them.” Washington Post, August 4. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/08/04/lawns-are-a-soul-crushing-timesuck-and-most-of-us-would-be-better-off-without-them/
One Natural Energy (2018) “Lawns are an Ecological Catastrophe.” https://www.onlynaturalenergy.com/grass-lawns-are-an-ecological-catastrophe/
Revisionist History (2020) “A Good Walk Spoiled.” Podcast. https://www.pushkin.fm/podcasts/revisionist-history/a-good-walk-spoiled
Robbins, Paul and Julie T. Sharp (2003) “The Lawn-Chemical Economy and Its Discontents.” Antipode 35(5):955–79. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8330.2003.00366.x
———. (2009) “Producing and Consuming Chemicals: The Moral Economy of the American Lawn.” Economic Geography 79(4):425–51. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1944-8287.2003.tb00222.x
Scott Jenkins, Virginia (1994) The Lawn: A History of an American Obsession. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution.
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