"If lawn mowing feels like copying the same sentence over and over, gardening is like writing out new ones, an infinitely variable process of invention and discovery. Gardens also teach the necessary if rather un-American lesson that nature and culture can be compromised, that there might be some middle ground between the lawn and the forest--between those who would complete the conquest of the planet in the name of progress, and those who believe it’s time we abdicated our rule and left the Earth in the care of its more innocent species. The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature half way."
~ Michael Pollan (https://michaelpollan.com/articles-archive/why-mow-the-case-against-lawns/)
"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)
"As Blomley (2007) suggests, formal (individual, ordered, lawful) conceptions of a bounded domestic sphere ending at the sidewalk do not match people's everyday boundary practices, which are more open, porous, and ambiguous. Specifically, the front yard is not seen as an 'anonymous space', but as personal vignettes of owners' lives (Rojas, 2003). The backyard in this context becomes the proverbial hidden flask of liquor in which some naughty yard managers are engaging their 'environmentally or aesthetically deviant desires''. Our evidence however, points towards an almost theatrical quality to the work of yard landscaping and the homeowners' 'social obligations for the production of public in the form of the lawn [or the front yard], a landscape that is under constant collective scrutiny and carries great moral weight'' (Robbins and Sharp, 2003a, page 445)."
~ D Mustafa, T A Smucker, F Ginn, R Johns, & S Connely (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/240505290_Xeriscape_people_and_the_cultural_politics_of_turfgrass_transformation)