Lawns are undeniably an American symbol.
But what do they really symbolize?
Pride and prosperity? Or waste and conformity?
Gimme Green is a humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets and our outlook on life. From the limitless subdivisions of Florida to sod farms in the arid southwest, Gimme Green peers behind the curtain of the $40-billion industry that fuels our nation’s largest irrigated crop—the lawn.
Isn’t that scary: lawns are the USA’s largest irrigated crop! They soak up gigantic amounts of the available fresh water.
And here I was thinking that Hank Hill’s obsession with perfecting his lawn, on the TV programme King of the Hill, was just a device of fiction …
In one place in Florida they even have a kind of ‘lawn police’ who go around writing citations for people whose lawns are too long. Bizarre.
We really need to learn to stop fighting nature and start to learn to go with the flow. As it were.
And here, just for fun is a photo of our back lawn that I took the other day when we had a frost. That’s about 90% of it you can see in the photo. The hedge, with the plum tree in front, separates our property from our neighbour’s.