It is a feature of cultural ecology that so many people fall victim and are enslaved by grass, an ostensibly powerless, weak and vulnerable being.

Paul Robbins in his book 'Lawn People' explains, with particular reference to the US, what the relationship between people, grass and land says about the relationship of urbanised Homo sapiens to nature. From this perspective he deals with the vexed question of behaviour change needed for living sustainably.

In terms of the urban cultivation of grass the question becomes "How can we rethink lawns? And in doing so, how might we begin to remake ourselves politically?” The answers lie with the complex ecological, economic, political, and sociological relationships of turf grasses to homeowners, their communities, the lawn-care industry, and the pesticide and fertilizer manufacturers.