Lunch on the Lawn
"All good things are wild and free" - Henry David Thoreau
Can we change our perception of what a lawn is supposed to be? Out lawns look like outdoor versions of our livingrooms - a carpet in the middle with shrubs and flowers as furnture and pictures. What if we changed the livingroom model to the grocery produce aisle model?
When you look at a lawn from a forager's point of view, you see food. Where I live, wild violet leaves often cover as much surface as the grass. They have beautiful heart-shaped leaves, but when the lawn mower comes along, it chops off the biggest ones and damages the rest. All for the purpose of keeping the grass short.
To a forager, a lawn erupting in dandelions is a delight. How sad when pre-emergent weed killer is applied. What is wrong with us?
If we could enjoy our lawns just as they are, what a difference we could make.