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Lawn Mowing Season

Start your engines: it’s time to mow the lawn! The popularity of tidy grass lawns in American suburbia is a relic of European aristocracy. If you live in a castle, wide-open grounds give your soldiers a clear view of the surrounding land, while a forest environment would give easy cover for the attacking enemy. If you aren’t the great lord, you can bring your livestock to graze in the common village “launde” when on a break from caring for his.

Either way, the tradition and status of having a swath of green around one’s present-day castle seems to be worth the work it takes to care for it!

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Funding for WGBH’s digital mural has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

 
 

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