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Practical, Ethical, and Health Reasons to Remove Your Lawn
 

Practical, Ethical, and Health Reasons to Remove Your Lawn

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens added this to The Case for Losing the Traditional Lawn
If you enjoy seeing butterflies, birds and bees, then having a diversity of flowers is key. These flowers can be on trees, shrubs or perennials. If you feel you could do with less lawn, think of tilling up some of it and overseeding with a regional native seed mix. Fall is a great time for getting seeds into bare soil, as many seeds need a cold and wet winter to germinate the following year. Lawns are ecological dead zones, meaning the wildlife they support is infinitesimal to what a forest, prairie, marsh or even desert can support. The more lawn you take out and replace — even with clover or other blooming ground covers — the better the environment will be. Cities in California and other nearby states are paying residents up to $2 per square foot to remove lawn and replace it with drought-tolerant native landscapes or permeable hardscapes.The EPA says lawn equipment emits 11 times the pollution as cars. If we can shrink lawns or use electric mowers and organic lawn care, then we will have not only beautiful landscapes, but healthy ones, too.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Briana Lyon / Califia EcoDesigns added this to Patty & Jeff Atirum & Yard
June 8, 2014
beautiful cone flowers and daisies reporting for duty!
hotjavamom added this to Kitchen Ideas
April 10, 2014
Flowers
marybourquin added this to marybourquin's ideas
March 31, 2014
Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens Save to Ideabook Email Photo If you enjoy seeing butterflies, birds and bees, then having a diversity of flowers is key. These flowers can be on trees, shrubs or perennials. If you feel you could do with less lawn, think of tilling up some of it and overseeding with a regional native seed mix. Fall is a great time for getting seeds into bare soil, as many seeds need a cold and wet winter to germinate the following year. Lawns are ecological dead zones, meaning the wildlife they support is infinitesimal to what a forest, prairie, marsh or even desert can support. The more lawn you take out and replace — even with clover or other blooming ground covers — the better the environment will be. Cities in California and other nearby states are paying residents up to $2 per square foot to remove lawn and replace it with drought-tolerant native landscapes or permeable hardscapes. The EPA says lawn equipment emits 11 times the pollution as cars. If we can shrink lawns or use electric mowers and organic lawn care, then we will have not only beautiful landscapes, but healthy ones, too.
mkkjmd added this to mkkjmd's Ideas
March 12, 2014
suggests using clover for ground coverage
buhler added this to eco-landscape
March 9, 2014
wild flowers
mikeandmelinda added this to Rixeys garden
February 16, 2014
butterflies birds and bees
donnacandue added this to Exteriors
January 7, 2014
gorgeous prairie planting
Christin Koel added this to christinrkm's ideas
November 10, 2013
colors
cbbn32016b added this to cbbn32016b's Ideas
October 11, 2013
Love the flowers.
lolo783 added this to jardin
October 7, 2013
Echineacea
Jodie Tavares added this to jodie_tavares's ideas
October 6, 2013
The more lawn you take out and replace — even with clover or other blooming ground covers — the better the environment will be.
juliaeg added this to Garden
October 6, 2013
Native flowers. Would have to be fairly limited -- will get messy.
gabby5 added this to gabby5's Ideas
October 3, 2013
Landscaping
jcd1975 added this to jcd1975's ideas
October 1, 2013
Cool. I really like the cone flower.
birdiee added this to my garden
September 29, 2013
My mother would have loved this. She always had a English Garden and it was beautiful. Most of the flowers came back every year.
localbec added this to Landscape Ideas
September 29, 2013
Echinacha! Mixed meadow flowers
dedekakes added this to dedekakes's ideas
September 29, 2013
Non trad lawn
kcrippen added this to outdoors
September 28, 2013
Flowers
tinalh78 added this to Outdoors
September 28, 2013
I love the Daisies with the purple
kirannalwa added this to kirannalwa's ideas
September 27, 2013
Flowers
jeannesueisham added this to Landscape Ideas
September 27, 2013
My favorite flowers!,
lyvickperez added this to lyvickperez's ideas
September 26, 2013
wild flowers
mdgruen added this to Landscape
September 26, 2013
wild colorful flowers
kcurrytn added this to kcurrytn's Ideas
September 26, 2013
This is what I would like in our "yard"
cwatzke added this to cwatzke's ideas
September 26, 2013
diversity of color, "wild" flowers
CA Edington added this to Flowers for Bees
September 26, 2013
These flower (photograph by Benjamin Vogt) seem as though they'd really attract bees!
Bipin Kumar Verma added this to webuser_63276's ideas
September 26, 2013
good idea of decorating lawn and the best place to watch and walk around the it.
squeakey added this to squeakey's Ideas
September 25, 2013
Picture of my thoughts
Rose McVeigh added this to Bathroom Ideas
September 25, 2013
the colors are purrfect.
missymae1 added this to Closet Ideas
September 25, 2013
The color palate is outstanding
char8945 added this to Landscaping
September 25, 2013
Variety of flowers to attract birds, butterflies, etc.
downing33 added this to downing33's ideas
September 25, 2013
cone flower
smokeypad1 added this to smokeypad1's Ideas
September 25, 2013
Gorgeous colors
joannhalber added this to Landscape Ideas
September 25, 2013
get rid of back lawn
deborahsears added this to landscape
September 25, 2013
good mix of echinaceous
chicago1211 added this to Landscape Ideas
September 25, 2013
Nice Flowers
Patti added this to Garden
September 25, 2013
Decrease grass, increase flowers!/shrubs
Shel Dammann added this to Lawn and garden
September 25, 2013
the natural butterfly attracting flowers that can grow wild and still look attractive
stevepapevies added this to stevepapevies's Ideas
September 25, 2013
garden
heidicuppleditch added this to heidicuppleditch's Ideas
September 25, 2013
Flowers
jamesrcole added this to jamesrcole's ideas
September 25, 2013
Blooms!
Sasha Clifton Oxnard added this to Oakland St Ideas
September 25, 2013
Wildflowers in the lawn
lindsey143 added this to lindsey143's ideas
September 25, 2013
border
Chelsey added this to Landscaping
September 25, 2013
Wild flowers along back property line
cthensby added this to cthensby's ideas
September 25, 2013
could paint it?
Lori Boettcher added this to lori_boettcher's ideas
September 25, 2013
Yard
Molly Ellsworth added this to Gardens & Landscape
September 25, 2013
LOTS OF THIS!
lformosa added this to lformosa's Ideas
September 25, 2013
margaritas de colores
ack851 added this to Landscape Ideas
September 25, 2013
meadow look
Thomas Mahaney added this to thomas_mahaney's ideas
September 25, 2013
garden
cherokee_carol added this to Plant and garden ideas
September 25, 2013
wildflowers instead of grass!!!!!
jennymckinnonwright added this to jennymckinnonwright's ideas
September 25, 2013
Composition is a painting!
Cindy Williams added this to cindy_williams194's Ideas
September 25, 2013
No mowing
Paul Harrison added this to landscape
September 25, 2013
wildflowers along wood fence
Donna Fraser-Simmons added this to Closet Ideas
September 25, 2013
gorgeous perennials. perfect for my new home in the backyard bordered by grass pathways!
pam4727 added this to pam4727's ideas
September 25, 2013
perennials
kmthalken added this to LANDSCAPING
September 25, 2013
BIRD & BUTTERFLY ATTRACTORS
denisemari added this to denisemari's Ideas
September 25, 2013
want a flowering lawn with meandering paths.. little playspaces and picnic areas less.. full lawn
steevesjr added this to steevesjr's Ideas
September 25, 2013
wild flower mix
jackierapp added this to jackierapp's ideas
September 25, 2013
Flowers
snepote added this to snepote's ideas
September 25, 2013
Like the variety of flowers
mlwright added this to mlwright's ideas
September 25, 2013
flower variety
swannell added this to Landscape Ideas
September 25, 2013
Replace part of lawn
lindap223 added this to lindap223's ideas
September 25, 2013
garden
lindalyson added this to lindalyson's ideas
September 25, 2013
flowers
plammijr added this to plammijr's Ideas
September 25, 2013
Great idea!
willyforge added this to gardens
September 25, 2013
more natural ideas
bsmartens added this to Landscape Ideas
September 25, 2013
Lots of seed mixture
heyns added this to magriet idees
September 25, 2013
Tuin
mahbub18 added this to mahbub18's Ideas
September 25, 2013
Flower
sruffino added this to sruffino's ideas
September 25, 2013
Herbs,medicinal plants
ONDecor Interior Design added this to Garden Design - meadow
September 25, 2013
perennials
Julie Fifield added this to Plants
September 25, 2013
Floral Naturalizing
Tatiana Golter added this to tatiana_golter's ideas
September 25, 2013
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angelesbenito added this to angelesbenito's ideas
September 25, 2013
flowers I like
dccmich added this to landscaping
September 25, 2013
Would love to do this.
kharenberg added this to kharenberg's ideas
September 25, 2013
Cone flowrs
lynnshrubsole added this to lynnshrubsole's ideas
September 23, 2013
Rip out lawn and put this in
judycabassa added this to gardens
September 22, 2013
If you enjoy seeing butterflies, birds and bees, then having a diversity of flowers is key. These flowers can be on trees, shrubs or perennials. If you feel you could do with less lawn, think of tilling up some of it and overseeding with a regional native seed mix. Fall is a great time for getting seeds into bare soil, as many seeds need a cold and wet winter to germinate the following year.
Abigail Gardner added this to ideas
September 22, 2013
wildflowers instead of grass
laurarose05 added this to Patio Ideas
September 22, 2013
flowers
Keller Williams Central OK | Jenni Duncan Realty added this to bungalow
September 22, 2013
Landscape
ddegano added this to Buck Lake ideas
September 22, 2013
Overseeding with a regional native seed mix. Fall is a great time for getting seeds into bare soil, as many seeds need a cold and wet winter to germinate the following year.
mmcnelisbroadley added this to mmcnelisbroadley's Ideas
September 22, 2013
Love
Ann Hall Design added this to Garden ideas
September 22, 2013
Native perennials are so beautiful!
anposc added this to Exterior Ideas
September 22, 2013
front
terijean98 added this to Landscape Ideas
September 22, 2013
Wildflowers
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