This article explores how the suburban front lawn is a special type of space, where society metabolizes with nature. Involved in this exchange are complex relationships between a diverse range of processes.
These processes include the natural process of grass growth, the labour process of ‘improving upon nature’, the aesthetization process of harnessing nature for aesthetic designs and the commoditization process, in which ‘natural’ inputs are bought and brought into the front lawn.
However, it is the social processes, which establishes the determinate form in which the contents of the grass ecosystem operates under. And this crucial insight allows us to critique naturalism as the determinant of the suburban grass lawn.