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Lawn Be Gone

A lawn-reform organization is dedicated to the environmental concerns surrounding lawns.

By Krissa Smith, Assistant Web Editor, Urban Farm magazine

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The Lawn Reform Coalition is an organization that urges landowners to use their lawns in environmentally friendly ways, such as growing plants instead of grass.

When it comes to lawns, brown is the new green. The Lawn Reform Coalition, a group of nine gardening and environmental advocates from across the country, take the brown dream and give you the tools to achieve the environmentally friendly lawn of this decade.
“The biggest problem is from the lawn care, not the lawn itself,” explains member and gardening coach Susan Harris. “It’s the type of lawn care that has been hurting our lawns and water. We’re promoting ‘Freedom Lawn’ — let it be what it wants it to be.”

The Lawn Reform Coalition members pool their knowledge of solutions to the problems caused by a lawn culture that demands perfection, conformity, and over-use of water, fertilizer and pesticides. 

 “Our group is very loose — more of a compilation of resources,” Harris says. “What this coalition is about is individuality. That’s where it’s happening.”
Since launching the site in September 2009, Harris says the website has attracted activists, writers and bloggers who are passionate about proper lawn care: “They know it’s needed. So many people hear all this about how many times to apply all this crap in the spring, and most believe it. Why not? Many [lawn-care professionals] are still recommending all that. We hope to see that change.” 

Harris says part of the organization’s goal is to show examples of lawns, and specifically, lawnless city yards. They are encouraging people to grow plants instead of lawns.


Give us your opinion on Lawn Be Gone.
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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

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