The last place I lived, back in Somerville, our landlord decided that rather than bother with maintaining grass in the tiny yard in front of our house, he’d cover it over with black plastic fabric and red cedar mulch. There were ways in which it was pleasant, and I enjoyed sitting out there to read and write with Raksha keeping me company and greeting the passers-by. The social activity was a big plus, but the mulch was not her favorite.
These days we have access to a very pleasant courtyard with grass, gravel, and a great deal more room for things like chasing sticks. There are fewer people, and I think that makes her sad – especially now that we don’t have the regular visitors she has come to expect, but on the whole, I think she likes having the grass for running, lounging, and rolling, and might even enjoy the occasional company we get from one of the local magpies. All in all, it’s an upgrade, and the lawns on this side of the pond are quite pretty this time of year with all the daisies popping up through the grass.
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