Moving Past the Lawn


Environmental Landscaping

A look at front and backyard gardens, sustainable approaches to garden design, and everything we can do to make our summertime in the garden as fun and as ecologically and environmentally friendly as possible.


Evelyn Hadden,

Founder, Less Lawn, Minneapolis, MN



  1. Marian Whitcomb

    This is great work to be doing…a number of points…why are we using DRINKING water for lawns? Second, when researching plants for lawn alternatives, please Google the plant name and the word “invasive”. What is invasive in one area may not be in another. An invasive plant is a form of pollution that reproduces itself, invading natural areas. Most ground covers are invasive to some degree, so choosing something that does not propagate by seed, containing the plant with edging, and preventing waste from improper dumping and subsequent spread are important management considerations. The spread of invasives to your neighbor can result in liability and lawsuits for you. Paving your yard with concrete would be better for the environment than releasing a bad plant into the wild to reduce diversity and deprive wildlife of the native food it eats! Concrete does not gobble up habitat on its own and would require less work after the fact to contain the green equivalent of a contagious disease. Third, a lot of people think getting rid of the lawn equals no maintenance. Not true. Labour is a cost, and the relative costs in money/labour time/water use should be compared carefully. Good presenter, to suggest a gradual approach as well…get us moving in the right direction. These are all good reasons to involve a professional in the planning.

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