Today, many of us feel lawns are environmentally wasteful green deserts in which no creatures live. To some extent that is true. But in a moister climate, grass grows in open spaces where trees have no chance to grow. It is the vernacular groundcover in such a climate, where gravels or hard landscaping look less comfortable and need more maintenance than they would in a hotter, drier climate.
— Stephen Anderton, Rejuvenating a Garden