Today a friend of mine came into the office and I suddenly noticed that he was looking all tan and summer-like. I had not seen him in a while so I asked him if he got the tan on a vacation or in his backyard mowing. He sighed and said the later, to which he added that he hated doing the mowing. He made some jokes about being an elected official and therefore should be easy to find someone to do the lawn for him to which we all laughed. I then brought him over to my computer and proceeded to show him site after site about the lawn reform movement.
There are many people who have decided that turf is not all that desirable any longer. There is too much work for very little benefit, and I totally agree. I personally don't mow the lawn because a) I don't have the time, and b) am allergic to grass. But my husband does this job and even though he complains bitterly about it I think we secretly enjoys doing it. He not only mows our lawn, but helps out our elderly neighbors and others who just don't do it right in his opinion. I have been trying to convince him to make the big change, but he is reluctant to do so. So I have been slowly adding things to the backyard which reduces the amount of grass we have.
I think the whole concept of a golf-green lawn is so totally overrated. For one thing in order to get all that green grass, one has to put chemicals on it which greatly affects the ecosystem and could possibly be making the environment poisonous. But there are far more pleasurable ways to spend the afternoon IMHO, and one way would be to plant plants which will create a more beautiful yard than all that grass.