is an area of soil-covered land planted with grass
es or (rarely) other durable plants such as clover
which are maintained at a short height with a lawnmower
and used for aesthetic and recreational purposes. Common characteristics of a lawn are that it is composed only of grass species, it is subject to weed
and pest control
, it is subject to practices aimed at maintaining its green color (e.g., watering), and it is regularly mowed to ensure an acceptable length, although these characteristics are not binding as a definition. Lawns are used around houses, apartments, commercial buildings and offices. Many city parks also have large lawn areas. In recreational contexts, the specialised names turf
may be used, depending on the sport and the continent.