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Americans can get very defensive about things dear to them — and lawns are one of those things. “It’s my house,” they will say, “if I want a fresh grass lawn, then I should be able to have one.”

And while yes, no one will stop you from having a lawn, we must establish just how bad that idea is.

The lawn is seen as a symbol more than anything — it is your front yard’s contribution to the neighborhood. It’s not…