Lawns now blanket thirty million acres of the United States, but until the late nineteenth century few Americans had any desire for a front lawn, much less access to seeds for growing one. In her comprehensive history of this uniquely American obsession, Virginia Scott Jenkins traces the origin of the front lawn aesthetic, the development of the lawn-care industry, its environmental impact, and modern as well as historic alternatives to lawn mania.
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Review: The Lawn: A History of an American ObsessionUser Review - Joe - Goodreads
Fascinating to read about the importation of the lawn and European and Asiatic strains to replace native american grasses and convert cleared land to more efficient grazatoriums. But the further ... Read full review
Review: The Lawn: A History of an American ObsessionUser Review - Jim - Goodreads
I only made it about halfway through this book. The strong part of this tome is that the author clearly conducted significant research on the history of the lawn in the United States. The weak part of ... Read full review