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How to Fall Out of Love With Your Lawn

Aug. 9, 2022, 5:00 a.m. ET
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Video by Agnes Walton and Kirby Ferguson

Ms. Walton is a producer for Opinion video. Mr. Ferguson is an editor and filmmaker.

Seen from above, it’s not the undulating rows of square houses that make American suburbia so recognizable. It’s the wide rivers of lush, almost neon-green grass that cut through the landscape. And on long, hot summer days, the lawn is where suburban living reaches its idyllic peak.

But while the lawn may be a powerful symbol of American postwar prosperity, it’s also an ecological dead zone that’s sucking the nation’s aquifers dry.

In this video essay we argue that it’s time to kill your lawn, not just to save the planet, but for your own health and sanity too. And while the idea of euthanizing such a beloved member of the family might seem harsh, we show the alternatives that could make the loss more bearable.

Agnes Walton (@AgnesBridge) is a producer for Opinion video. Kirby Ferguson (@remixeverything) is an editor and filmmaker.

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