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Beautiful No-Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Lawn Alternativesby Evelyn Hadden
Monday, July 14, 2014 07:30 PM
Powell's City of Books on Burnside, Portland, OR
The hellstrip — the space between a street and a public sidewalk, also known as a tree park, boulevard, meridian, and planting strip — is finally getting the attention it deserves! Gardeners everywhere are taking advantage of the space as an environmentally friendly way to add curb appeal to their homes, expand the size of their gardens, and conserve resources. Evelyn Hadden's Hellstrip Gardening (Timber Press) is the first book to show you exactly how to reclaim this oft-ignored space.
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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 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!
"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." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Book News Annotation:
A strong advocate for lawnless garden design, the author writes, speaks, and participates in national organizations connected with this cause. Here she makes the case in numerous ways and provides plenty of design ideas for meadows and prairies, patios and play areas, ponds, xeric and rain gardens, and edible gardens, to name a few options. She includes specific plant recommendations as well as guidance for converting lawn to garden. For those committed to at least some lawn, she discusses "smarter" and eco-friendly lawn making. The book is abundantly illustrated. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Evelyn Hadden writes and speaks about low-maintenance, nature-friendly, soul-satisfying landscapes. She founded the informational website LessLawn.com in 2001.
She is the author of Apprentice to a Garden, a garden memoir that chronicles the joys, challenges, and life lessons of transforming her urban yard into a naturalistic landscape. She also authored Shrink Your Lawn: Design ideas for any landscape, a photo-rich book that presents many ideas and illustrations from her talks and won a silver medal from Independent Publisher's 2009 Living Now Book Awards.
Evelyn is a founding member of the national Lawn Reform Coalition, a resource for ecologically sound lawns and lawn alternatives. She gardens in Minnesota and travels across the country visiting gardens and speaking to other gardeners about eco-friendly landscaping with less lawn.
You may also be interested in the author's own Web site, LessLawn.com.
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