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The Case for Losing the Traditional Lawn

Work less, help the environment and foster connections by just saying no to typical turf Full Story
     Comment   July 6, 2014
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Living in the southwest, I am amazed at the number of homes that have is nearly impossible to water and keep grass in this climate and yet many homeowners spend tons of money and energy trying to maintain lawns. For myself, I have gone for the native landscaping as I travel often and don't want to leave the water on when I am gone for months at a time. The choices of beautiful drought tolerant native plants is huge and lovely...barrel cactus, chollas, yuccas vitex or chaste trees, oleanders. Desert willows, birds of paradise mesquite, just to name a few. I love the colors and the simplicity of it, we are rock hounds as well so thru out the garden are stones from different locales around the country. Lots of art placed here and there. We have an astounding number of birds and other wild life which continually delights us. It just seems so much more interesting and carefree...
September 23, 2013 at 6:02am     
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I've been preaching this for more than 30 years. When someone asks about my untidy yard, I point out that grass is boring, I don't eat it, I don't have any animals that do, etc. For years I volunteered on oak-hickory restoration for a park district. I've seen the erosion caused by turf grass planted next to wooded areas. I wish more people would try native plants, sculpture gardens, and flowers. All three in one spot is fine with me.
September 25, 2013 at 3:53am     
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Susan van_Rensburg
Like the article and agree with the what you said... we live in South Africa, the Garden Route, a stretch of land between the sea and the mountains. We have two major venomous snakes (The Cape Cobra and the Puff adder) living in this area that likes to hide in the "Fynbos" vegetation as it is known. Puff adders don't flee, they lay in hiding, waiting. Seeing the pictures of long tall grass makes me nervous... but I agree with what you say. Attached is picture of the Fynbos in Spring... hope you enjoy our natural garden.
September 25, 2013 at 5:22am     
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A well-written and beautifully illustrated article - thanks! Since moving to my 5-acre property a few years back - and discovering that significant portions of it seasonally flood - I've been experimenting with meadows and several different rain gardens. Not only have they given me a great hands-on education, but I've been able to share many of my successes and failures in presentations through my area's master gardener associations. There's a tremendous amount of interest in ecological landscaping now. Here's a recent photo of my meadow at dawn - enjoy!
September 25, 2013 at 5:33am     
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15 Great Ideas for a Lawn-Free Yard

End the turf war for good with hardscaping, native grasses and ground covers that save water and are easier to maintain Full Story
     Comment   July 6, 2014
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David Thorne Landscape Architect
mrscrouse --
I have personally found that landscape fabric causes more trouble than it saves and eventually the weeds come through anyways. Better to use cardboard as a sheet mulch and then put down top soil or gravel…whichever you plan to use for each area. That way the weeds are held back for a while, same as landscape fabric, and the cardboard sort of composts in place adding organic material to the soil.

If you insist on using landscape fabric, I would keep it away from the root zone of any trees as it will impede on water and oxygen infiltration.

Native wildflowers shouldn’t need too much amending unless you have soil that has a lot of construction debris or other waste mixed in. I would, however, lay down some mulch and sprinkle wildflower seeds on top so they fall into the mulch a bit. This will keep birds from swooping down and gobbling up all your freshly sprinkled seeds!
A quick search for NC natives gave us: and
April 28, 2014 at 4:25pm     
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