Well, in this month's issue the wonderful Roy Blount speaks up "In defense of the "good old-fashioned lawn". My favorite bits: "I can't see a bit of lawn as a rapacious, la-di-da indulgence." And: "I know. A lawn isn't natural. Neither is a house."
He goes on to recall the joys of lying on "Middle Georgia grass" when he was a boy. He remembers mowing, of course, and ends with this potshot at the new political correctness: "But it was a lot less trouble than growing vegetables."