Lunch on the Lawn

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.