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Lecture

The Lawn

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Department
Geography
Course Code
GPHY 101
Professor
Anne M C Godlewska

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LAWN
Linked to aesthetics and politics of place
Definition: signified unite of human occupation or Human design/use of landscape
Ex: Garden, highway (engineering of roads)
- an aesthetic ideal that establishes norms of behaviours
“one of the most important roles that landscape plays in the social process is ideological, supporting
a set of ideas and values, unquestioned assumptions about the way a society is, or should be
organized.”
- Jim and Nancy Duncan
Lawn carries value and importance
Intro
- Originally came from Britain
- Took on new forms in North America
- Large lawns in back and front were normal and natural
- Related to socioeconomic status with game of golf
o Manicured lawns, stunning vistas, micro geographies, performed and controlled
nature
Pesticides and Costs of Lawn
- 80% of people in developed nations are urbanized
- Half the population lives in cities
- A lot of energy is harnessed in these cities and urban water quality has become an issue
- Pesticides don’t kill people directly but attack water quality
- Between 23% and 38% of all agricultural toxins used in home lawns in US
- More fertilizer applied to lawn than applied to crops in India in 1984
- Agricultural land converted to urban use
o 5% of Ohio became urban from 1974-1992
- US lawn coverage > acreage for barley and rice
- Banning pesticide use with exception of golf courses and businesses but not fertilizer
- Many not abiding to laws and getting pesticides from other places
- Major pesticide supplier sales are still growing as they have been for years
o Advertise lovely lawns but social cost is becoming more significant
Battle of the Lawns
- Who is applying them?
o High house value, high income, older owners
o Better educated and even those who have claimed to know the damage
- Why?
o Houses with nice lawns sell for more (capital investment)
o Immediate personal cost
o Others can’t afford it
o Conspicuous consumption and leisure
- Social forces behind lawns
o Cutting someone’s lawn for them can be friendly and nice or a subtle action of dislike
for their lawn care (neighbourhood coercion)
o Municipal bylaws: can’t have lawn above a certain height
o Gated communities and elite sub-divisions impose lawn care
o Form of visible civic action
In Favour of Chemical Use
- Crisis creation industry made up of anti-technology, anti-pesticide, radical environmentalists’

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LAWN Linked to aesthetics and politics of place Definition signified unite of human occupation or Human designuse of landscape Ex Garden highway engineering of roads an aesthetic ideal that establishes norms of behavioursone of the most important roles that landscape plays in the social process is ideological supporting a set of ideas and values unquestioned assumptions about the way a society is or should be organized Jim and Nancy Duncan Lawn carries value and importanceIntroOriginally came from BritainTook on new forms in North AmericaLarge lawns in back and front were normal and naturalRelated to socioeconomic status with game of golf o Manicured lawns stunning vistas micro geographies performed and controlled naturePesticides and Costs of Lawn80 of people in developed nations are urbanizedHalf the population lives in citiesA lot of energy is harnessed in these cities and urban water quality has become an issuePesticides dont kill people directly but attack water qualityBetween 23 and 38 of all agricultural toxins used in home lawns in USMore fertilizer applied to lawn than applied to crops in India in 1984
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