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Beautiful No-Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives

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What has your perfect green lawn done for you lately? Is it really worth the time, effort, and resources you lavish on it? Armed with encouragement, inspiration, and cutting-edge advice from award-winning author Evelyn Hadden, you can liberate yourself at last!

In this ultimate guide to rethinking your yard, Hadden showcases dozens of inspiring, eco-friendly alternatives to that demanding (and dare we say boring?) green turf. Trade your lawn for a lively prairie or replace it ...

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Overview

What has your perfect green lawn done for you lately? Is it really worth the time, effort, and resources you lavish on it? Armed with encouragement, inspiration, and cutting-edge advice from award-winning author Evelyn Hadden, you can liberate yourself at last!

In this ultimate guide to rethinking your yard, Hadden showcases dozens of inspiring, eco-friendly alternatives to that demanding (and dare we say boring?) green turf. Trade your lawn for a lively prairie or replace it with a runoff-reducing rain garden. Swap it for an interactive adventure garden or convert it to a low-maintenance living carpet.

With Beautiful No-Mow Yards, you can transform your lawn into a livable garden and bring nature's beauty into your life!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In many American towns and cities, the steady hum of lawn mowers and gasoline-powered weed whackers constitutes a summer symphony. Neighbors often vie with one another to grow the greenest and lushest lawn, free of dandelions or crabgrass, and often shun those neighbors who choose an alternative to the orderly, closely cut patches of grass or sod. Experts now recognize lawns as the largest irrigated crop in the United States, and the chemical pesticides and fertilizers we use on our lawns have polluted our surface water and contaminated our groundwater. Drawing examples from expert gardeners from around the world, garden design expert Hadden (Shrink Your Lawn) suggests a number of ways that lawns can be replaced by meadow and prairie gardens, rain gardens, or edible gardens, among others. She then takes us step-by-step through the process of converting a lawn to a garden and maintaining it, offering very thorough recommendations for a significant variety of plants that thrive in various types of gardens. With refreshing zeal, the author urges us to rethink our yards, helping us to see that a lawnless or a less-lawn landscape can fascinate us with its beauty, complexity, and variability. (Feb. 7)
Garden Rant
“Precise instructions on preparation, construction, and maintenance, along with dozens of plant recommendations for every site, make this an invaluable guide to the lawnless lifestyle.”
Booklist
“It has it all: A compelling rationale for ignoring the siren song of the “perfect” lawn, inspirational stories from gardeners and designers enthusiastically embracing this timely trend, and step-by-step instructions for creating easy-care, planet-friendly patches of paradise.”
greatgardenspeakers.com
“Deeply inspirational to anyone looking to make their yards more interesting, more beautiful, and more wildlife-friendly.”
Fine Gardening Online
"... the ultimate resource for anyone looking to transform a typical, turf-dominated yard into a more livable and lively landscape."
Garden Rant - Susan Harris
"Beautiful [and] superbly written. Beautiful No-Mow Yards is just what American gardeners need."
Fine Gardening Online - Billy Goodnick
“It has it all: A compelling rationale for ignoring the siren song of the “perfect” lawn, inspirational stories from gardeners and designers enthusiastically embracing this timely trend, and step-by-step instructions for creating easy-care, planet-friendly patches of paradise.”
Booklist - Carol Haggas
"Hadden demonstrates how creatively rewarding it can be to forgo the fescue."
From the Publisher
"Hadden demonstrates how creatively rewarding it can be to forgo the fescue."
Booklist
“Precise instructions on preparation, construction, and maintenance, along with dozens of plant recommendations for every site, make this an invaluable guide to the lawnless lifestyle.”
Garden Rant
“Deeply inspirational to anyone looking to make their yards more interesting, more beautiful, and more wildlife-friendly.”
greatgardenspeakers.com
"... the ultimate resource for anyone looking to transform a typical, turf-dominated yard into a more livable and lively landscape."
Library Journal
Maintaining a traditional lawn is time consuming, expensive, and a poor environmental choice, but few can imagine other options. Hadden (founder, LessLawn.org; Apprentice to a Garden) has designed this book to encourage us to rethink our yards. Her introduction explains the benefits of smaller lawns or even no lawn at all, while the heart of the book is meant to serve as inspiration by detailing 11 gardens from around the states. Hadden goes on, in Part 2, to examine the process of removing a lawn and designing, planting, and maintaining a new garden; in Part 3, she provides a small sampling of ground-layer plants. For those frightened to remove an entire lawn, she suggests developing a smaller "habitat hedge," creating a visual focal point and a welcoming place for butterflies and songbirds. VERDICT Novice and expert gardeners will find this well-written and engaging work, enhanced with color photos and other illustrations, useful for all sizes of projects. Because it will appeal to a range of gardening enthusiasts, it will fit nicely into public library gardening collections.—Lisa A. Ennis, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604692389
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 425,876
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

National speaker and award-winning author of four gardening books, including Beautiful No-Mow Yards, Evelyn Hadden encourages property owners to convert unused, unloved lawns to more rewarding landscapes. She founded the informational website lesslawn.com in 2001 and is a founding member of the national Lawn Reform Coalition.

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