What we want in a lawn

To find out why people treat their lawns the way that they do, Maria’s team conducted surveys and discussion groups. They found that homeowners have a wide range of opinions as to what they want to get out of their lawns:

The excellent lawn: Some people want the classic flat expanse of thick green grass. It looks beautiful, but a perfect lawn takes a lot of effort.
The excellent lawn: Some people want the classic flat expanse of thick green grass. It looks beautiful, but a perfect lawn takes a lot of effort.Courtesy Matt Malone / CC BY-NC 2.0

The low-input lawn: At the other end of the scale are folks who want to spend as little time working on their lawn as possible, while still keeping it halfway presentable.
The low-input lawn: At the other end of the scale are folks who want to spend as little time working on their lawn as possible, while still keeping it halfway presentable.Courtesy Bernard Caron / CC BY-NC 2.0

The conversion lawn: Some people want to lose the grass altogether and put in flower beds, vegetable gardens, native plants, even wild habitat restoration.
The conversion lawn: Some people want to lose the grass altogether and put in flower beds, vegetable gardens, native plants, even wild habitat restoration.Courtesy Anne McCormack / CC BY-NC 2.0

The researchers also found that people’s lawn care practices—when and how they mow, water, fertilize, etc.—didn’t always match up with their desires.

Question mark

What type of lawn do you aspire to?