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American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2009

    Relax about your lawn

    I loved this book. Every homeowner with a lawn should read it. It will save them time and money and will help the environment. It provides reasons why we should reduce the amount of money we spend on our lawns, reduce the chemicals we introduce into the environment, reduce the amount of time we spend on our lawns, and increase the enjoyment we get from them. Well written and I learned a lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2006

    In Praise of Nice Lawns:

    Steinberg claims that lawns became popular amid all the conformity of the 1950's. Actually lawns became popular long before that, with the advent of modern lawn mowers. He says that lawns represent the utmost in conformity, but for the past twenty-five years in horticulture and gardening circles, anti-lawn sentiment has been rampant. To be anti-lawn now is hardly radical. Steinberg knocks lawns as being water hogs and wasters of fertilizers. He ignores the fact that lawns cool our hot urban air in the heat of summer, absorb carbon dioxide, produce prodigious amounts of oxygen, and trap and take out of circulation vast quantities of allergenic pollen and harmful airborne particulates. There are lawn grasses available now that need little mowing, irrigation or feeding. Female clones of buffalo grass for example are beautiful, very easy to maintain, and being female, are pollen-free. Attractive lawns are a positive addition to any neighborhood, and no other groundcover is half as safe or nearly as much fun for kids to play on. Thomas Leo Ogren author of Allergy-free Gardening, of, Safe Sex in the Garden (both from Ten Speed Press), and of, What the Experts May NOT Tell You About: Growing the Perfect Lawn, from Time Warner Books.

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