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  • Location: 4 miles north of Durham City
  • Location: 4 miles north of Durham City

I see quite a few (but not all) of my neighbors like to keep lawns that are typically very short and almost golf-green like. They waste loads of water every other day with sprinklers on their laws, and I find it a very peculiar habit. Why do people water their lawns? Also, why do a lot of them water during the day and in the sun, allowing the grass to get scorched? No wonder they suffer yellow patches!

:(

I keep my back-garden and front garden at a certain length, not too long but not too short either. This way it always looks green and fresh, and i don't need to water it (especially given the amount of rain here).

So i say again, what's the point in lawns (unless your a golfer)?

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

none in my view. I must have been the first one to make the front into a mix of plants, shrubs etc set in pea shingle. Now most are like that.

I reckon if I could be bothered I'd re do it and have the front as a wild meadow, no grass cutting then.

The bit at the back seems okay for about 6-7 weeks until most of the flowers have gone over, see below

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John

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  • Location: Nr Appleby in Westmorland
  • Location: Nr Appleby in Westmorland

Lawns are a qunitessential part of an English garden and don't need a purpose to be desirable by many. They evoke pastoral images held deep within the nation's view of itself and act as a perfect foil to many types of garden design. They also do serve a function of being pretty nice places to sit out on a sunny day and for kids to run about on. My back garden's quite big and would look pretty stupid without a lawn. If I had a small garden, I'd probably not bother myself with one, but I can understand why people do. if you're going to ask what's the point in a lawn, you might as well question the point of shrubs or herbaceous plants too.

As to why they water them, they obviously like having a green bowling-green lawn during the summer months as it probably gives them a sense of achievment. Not my cup of tea I must admit. I don't water mine, other than when the kids are playing under the sprinkler, and I don't cut it too short either. It gets fertilised twice a year, scarified and aerated in the autumn and frozen to pieces in the winter. Seems to do ok and anyway, clover's green so I don't worry too much with the weeds.

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  • Location: NH7256
  • Weather Preferences: where's my vote?
  • Location: NH7256

ours is for us to play on and generally be idle when the weather's nice. it's also low maintenance. can't be bothered with fertilising or weeding though, you can spend hours and hours pulling out daisies and dandelions and they'll come back with ever more vigour.

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  • Location: Nr Appleby in Westmorland
  • Location: Nr Appleby in Westmorland

Get a flame gun. The weeds still come back but it makes killing them lots of fun, and teaches the kids fire safety lessons far more effectively than just telling them.

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  • Location: 4 miles north of Durham City
  • Location: 4 miles north of Durham City
Get a flame gun. The weeds still come back but it makes killing them lots of fun, and teaches the kids fire safety lessons far more effectively than just telling them.

Lol.

Are you serious? I only use those against wasp hives.

You'll set your garden on fire!

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  • Location: NH7256
  • Weather Preferences: where's my vote?
  • Location: NH7256
Get a flame gun. The weeds still come back but it makes killing them lots of fun, and teaches the kids fire safety lessons far more effectively than just telling them.

my uncle had one of those. used to scorch half the garden and cover the rest in petrol!

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  • Location: Douglas, Isle of Man
  • Location: Douglas, Isle of Man

our dogs water the back garden lawn and make scorched patches :(

but they're worth it :)

the grass keeps the weeds down and is cheaper than concrete (or it would just get covered in cars !)

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  • Location: Taunton, Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, thunder, strong winds
  • Location: Taunton, Somerset
I see quite a few (but not all) of my neighbors like to keep lawns that are typically very short and almost golf-green like. They waste loads of water every other day with sprinklers on their laws, and I find it a very peculiar habit. Why do people water their lawns? Also, why do a lot of them water during the day and in the sun, allowing the grass to get scorched? No wonder they suffer yellow patches!

:(

I keep my back-garden and front garden at a certain length, not too long but not too short either. This way it always looks green and fresh, and i don't need to water it (especially given the amount of rain here).

So i say again, what's the point in lawns (unless your a golfer)?

I don't see why people water their lawns either. Just a little bit of rain and the lawn looks a lot healthier. And lawns tend to recover in the Autumn. I do nothing to my lawn, and it's fine despite the lack of rainfall.

The point of lawns is a cheap and easy way to fill up a space, and they're quite attractive too.

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  • Location: Kent
  • Location: Kent

I don't water my lawn either - it stays green and when it is a particularly hot patch - or predicted to be - I make sure I don't mow it - that way it stays green, after all, you don't see people watering park grass do you :)

Also it is a lovely part of the garden and green is restful on the eyes and is known to be a colour you can relax with just by looking at it

Remember ...

Sun is warm .. grass is green!!!! How soothed do you all feel now?!! :(

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