Mainly, he just can’t be bothered. In the New York
Times today, opinionator Robert Wright states that:
my eco-friendly ethos dovetails suspiciously with my
laziness. Waging a war on weeds takes more time and energy (or money, if you
outsource it) than just mowing the lawn every once in awhile. … for me, the
practical way to have an eco-friendly lawn is to have a weedy lawn.
Wright has a lot more to say, some of it stuff that you’ve read
here or on other sites that address the problems with lawn maintenance and
sustainable gardening practice. I just like Wright’s attitude.
One thing he does repeat a few
times is that he feels apologetic about lowering his neighbors’ property
values. I’ve heard this kind of talk lots of times, and I have to wonder how
true it is. It’s not like he is raising an impenetrable thicket in front of his
house; he is mowing. Personally, I don’t think a few dandelions would affect
the price of your neighbor’s house. (And I’m also not claiming that leaving weeds in and mowing in the best sustainable practice. )
Regardless, I love it when people who are not obsessed with
gardening and gardening practice, as we are, write so accessibly and sensibly about it. My father didn’t bother with our dandelions for the same reason.