step over scraggly attempt at landscaping

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Hi Friends
In the following text:

[there is]... lightning and thunder, an unlikely spring torrent, and what does she do but take the baby outside behind the hotel, where she steps over the scraggly attempt at landscaping and walks out into the desert dirt...

I do not understand the last phrase.

Thanks in advance.
  • Gordonedi

    Senior Member
    UK (Scotland) English
    I suspect that you are asking about the phrase "scraggly attempt at landscaping".

    It appears from the extract that the hotel has tried to make the area behind the hotel tidy and pleasant by laying out some of the grounds as a garden ("landscaping") but the result has not been good ("scraggly"). There would normally be pathways through a landscaped area. perhaps they were not completed, which is why she had to "step over" what had been done.

    I hope that this helps.
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