"Planting lawns helped transform conquered land into ‘native’ land for settlers. The extent to which lawns and native plants are part of the same discursive field is clear: the lawn was a self‑consciously nativist project. Lawnmaking laid the ground for today’s anti‑immigrant nativism. From the conquerors’ point of view, the lawn rendered conquered foreign land reminiscent of the world they had left behind. From the point of view of the conquered, in California as elsewhere, lawns are one element of an extremely violent history of botanical settlement."
~ Tomaz Mastnak, Julia Elyachar, & Tom Boellstorff (https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1068/d13006p)