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Want to Be Rid of Your Lawn? Here’s a Book That Tells You How

SafeLawns is by no means an anti-lawn campaign. We love lawns, in fact, for all sorts of games and family activities. But if you're really just not into having grass around your house — or you want grass you don't have to mow, then here's a review of a book you just might need to buy: http://www.lawnreform.org/2012/03/beautiful-no-mow-yards-book-review.html ...

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Florida B&B Leads By Example

This article about a bed and breakfast in Florida might provide some inspiration for anyone considering lawn alternatives: http://jacksonville.com/entertainment/home-and-garden/2011-01-15/story/without-pesticides-gardens-avondale-bb-full-natural ...

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Rethinking the College Campus Lawn

[caption id="attachment_2225" align="alignleft" width="532" caption="The Arts quad at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y."][/caption] Here's a great quote from this article in a San Francisco newspaper: "We had succeeded with the old model of landscaping with beautiful manicured lawns and gardens and trees. However, it's resource intensive. It takes lots of inputs from the outside and at a macro level, some ...

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Groundcover Wednesdays: Golden Creeper

[caption id="attachment_1760" align="alignnone" width="640" caption="This photo of the groundcover golden creeper comes from PlantCreations.com."][/caption] Week 4: Golden Creeper Among the fair criticisms of our national organization is that much of our information is geared for the northern part of the country. As the SafeLawns founder, I have traveled North America extensively, from the Florida Keys, to ...

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Florida Couple Leads by the Example of No Lawn

In Florida, where fresh water shortages are chronic, one couple sets an example for others to follow. Now I'm not anti-lawn, mind you. With children around, I consider lawns a necessity for playing ball, croquet or any number of games. But the principles in this article are sound: http://www.beacononlinenews.com/news/daily/2751 ...

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Groundcover Wednesdays: Stonecrop ‘Goldmoss’ Sedum

[caption id="attachment_1645" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Stonecrop sedum adorns the grave of President John F. Kennedy"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1646" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="The low-ground plant will spread quickly."][/caption] Week Two: Stonecrop Goldmoss Sedum I remember becoming fascinated with this plant when I visited the grave site of President Kennedy in Arlingto ...

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Groundcover Wednesday: Lemon Thyme

[caption id="attachment_1592" align="alignnone" width="360" caption="Thyme remains evergreen all winter in our Zone 4B climate"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1591" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="From Estabrook's Greenhouses, Yarmouth, Maine"][/caption] With the onset of summer and in honor of beginning our second year of the blog, we're adding a new feature beginning today: Groundcover Wednesda ...

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Mow vs. Grow? Edible Flowers are the Clear Winner

[caption id="attachment_1585" align="alignnone" width="432" caption="Strawberries that grow wild on our pesticide-free lawn are just coming into season in Maine."][/caption] I mowed my lawn last night. After a long day that included dropping the children off at daycare, registering the car, driving said car 350 miles and then dashing back to the office to answer a few dozen emails, I came home and took out ...

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Looking for a Grass Alternative? Try a Peanut Lawn

[caption id="attachment_1374" align="alignnone" width="648" caption="This lawn, of ornamental peanut plants, almost thoroughly outcompetes other plants."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1375" align="alignnone" width="648" caption="The blossoms will persist year round if the plant is mowed once per year."][/caption] Still in Florida with my family, I can admit to my blog followers that my mind never compl ...

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Rethinking the Lawn? In California, Yes

[caption id="attachment_1364" align="alignnone" width="648" caption="This Florida neighborhood features lot after lot of mandated St. Augustine grass."][/caption] As I sit here in the midst of my father's Florida golf course community, with identical cookie-cutter lawns and eutrified ponds as far as the eye can see, an evaluation of landscape priorities can be fairly depressing. Dad lives is one of those ma ...

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