Comments On - Lawn Be Gone

Many people in Seattle have the right idea. Nearly year round flowers and patio space with little or no grass.
Liz, Houston, NB
Posted: 7/22/2014 9:36:40 AM
Way to go, Jean! We'll just have to persuade our neighbors on the benefit of a garden as opposed to a plantless massive yard.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 5/16/2014 12:20:26 PM
The work of maintaining a lawn aside, the poisons that pollute neighborhoods as a result of lawn 'care'are unacceptable to me! I have a tiny front yard with grass under a tree too big to grow much of anything else, but my backyard is some garden and whatever else wants to grow there!
Jean, Framingham, MA
Posted: 2/24/2014 5:59:14 PM
LAWN!!! Unless one is using it to generate income (e.g., lawn tennis, golf, etc..) it appears to be one of the most wasteful, unproductive endeavor. One still have to water it, fertilize it, mow it (akin to pruning but more frequent). Wouldn't one rather spent time amidst beautiful trees & flowers than in the middle of a bare lawn? Trees & flowers even contribute to the conservation of wildlife.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 11/19/2013 3:13:20 PM
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB
Posted: 11/11/2013 7:52:19 AM
a', Houston, TX
Posted: 10/29/2013 2:57:17 AM
Hmmm Interesting
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB
Posted: 7/4/2013 6:23:33 PM
I love this. My lawns are dandelions, clover, yarrow, many wildflowers, and yes, grass! They stay green all year round except when covered in snow.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 5/24/2013 10:13:32 PM
I'm lucky to live in an area where folks are not crazy about well manicured lawns. I do mow my "lawn" regularly but what grows is what nature dumps on it. Scot (or, any lawn care) products has never been a staple in my yard.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 5/13/2013 11:11:11 AM
Cool! I agree totally about the lawn-be-gone concept. I'm currently trying to reduce my lawn down to an itty-bitty little natural green patch. I'm using what I already have "sustainable as possible"; and landscaping as naturally as possible while learning pemaculture concepts and designing. I'm taking that knowledge to a scaled down version in my front yard. Oh yeah, and making portions of it "edible" while I'm at it too. Interestingly ,you can see all the plain green grass lawns down the street in some of my pics. The neighbors have been asking alot of questions lately about it. So, yes I like this article, it makes me feel I am not such a nutcase about what I'm doing. Thanks!
Donna, Euless, TX
Posted: 4/15/2013 9:56:54 PM
Turf management students are cringing everywhere.
Anthony, Omaha, NE
Posted: 3/8/2013 7:45:29 PM
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 11/20/2012 5:17:00 AM
Most of my neighbors apply pesticides to their lawns. Just a few months ago one asked me why I didn't do the same. I'm pretty sure she didn't like the answer!
Harrison, Dayton, TN
Posted: 8/10/2012 2:32:21 PM
Getting Americans to give up their lawns is a tough one! I couldn't help identifying with the comments that referred to lawns as play areas for children. The middle ground seems to be something that gives flexibility to the lawn owner-- a way to have a lawn AND make use of the lawn area for green production (food!). Phytopod vertical gardening containers fulfill this role superbly! Rather than digging up your lawn you can simply plant your vegetable garden all over the outside of the Phytopods which can be moved around on wheels as needed. So, you can have your lawn and eat it....
Eluem, New York, NY
Posted: 1/19/2012 7:36:34 PM
It's really interesting in my city (Las Vegas) where we are billed more if we water a lawn and where it is encouraged to have "desert landscaping" which means colored rocks instead of grass, but where we can get fined if we turn our front yards into gardens.

It's absolutely crazy.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 10/30/2011 2:57:49 PM
Got rid of half my front lawn last year and the other half will be gone in about a month! No more mowing! Better things to do with my time!
melissa, Columbia, SC
Posted: 2/17/2011 5:16:09 PM
Not everyone waters and fertilizes their lawn. All we do is cut it! Pretty sustainable I think. And where do the kids play?
Natalie, West Des Moines, IA
Posted: 2/17/2011 11:47:49 AM
Only bummer is, without grass, it would be hard to let my two young active kids play outside and the dirt would erode away without it.
D, Nipomo, CA
Posted: 2/17/2011 10:04:29 AM
I understand the argument for getting away from lawns but surely as a group you agree that kids should be outside playing. I for one will always have lawn for my children to play on. Of course they help me in the garden and climb trees but where do they play soccer and football and baseball? I have downsized my lawn with vegetable and wildflower gardens but will never get rid of it completely.
Nicholas, OKC, OK
Posted: 2/17/2011 8:50:33 AM
ahhh no more lawn mower YESSS
Kristin, upper sandusky, OH
Posted: 11/19/2010 9:56:34 PM
Brown can be the new green alright, but green is still the best green. Swap out that fairly useless grass for edible landscaping.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 9/28/2010 12:46:18 PM
Woo-Hoo! Grass is such a constant battle in most climates. Go lawnless and actually be the envy of the neighborhood!
DesertDog, Phoenix, AZ
Posted: 6/21/2010 7:59:05 AM
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