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National Lawn Conversion Program: Our society's fixation with lawns causes considerable environmental problems including water depletion, pesticide and herbicide pollution, habitat degradation, and threats to biodiversity.
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May first lady spark a lawn removal trend? White House garden makes a big statement: You have to admit that this gives new meaning to the idea of a "shovel-ready project." There are now 1,100 square feet on the South Lawn of the White House being transformed into a kitchen garden. If Americans follow the first family's lead, the seed pack will become the new stimulus package... The image of Michelle Obama surrounded by fifth-graders digging into the White House dirt gave heart to locavores everywhere. Concord Monitor March 28, 2009 Los Angeles DWP offers incentives for removing lawns - Faced with another year of drought, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is offering customers a cash incentive to replace their grass lawns with drought-tolerant plants. The Residential Drought Resistant Landscape Incentive Program will credit single-family residential customers $1 for each square foot of turf removed and replaced with drought-tolerant plants, mulch and water-permeable hardscapes, DWP officials said in a statement Tuesday (June 3, 2009). New landscaping plans must be approved by the DWP before they are implemented and evidence of installation must be provided to receive the rebate. Los Angeles Times California Briefing June 3, 2009
Residential Drought Resistant Landscape Incentive Program: $1.00 per square footCall 888-376-3314
How to turn my lawn into a Food Not Lawns project: Claremont Food Not Lawns is a local community organization dedicated to replacing our lawns with edible gardens in the name of sustainability and self-sufficiency. We hold monthly meetings which are both social and educational.
Helpful Tips and Information: Considering Landscaping with Native Plants? Whether you are thinking about planting a small urban plot or a few acres with native landscaping, you may have some questions about getting started and what you can expect from your new landscape. First, you need to decide what you want to do with your land. Are you going to incorporate some native plants into your garden? Restore an area to its original pre-settlement condition? Is your goal to attract wildlife or to solve an environmental problem such as flooding? Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Green Landscaping - Greenacres Santa Fe Sustainability with Solar: Solarsmith, a green building firm out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, recently helped Betsy Armstrong and Richard Barr build an eco-friendly, traditional southwest-style home in the foothills of Santa Fe. Except for a small orchard, the design uses the xeriscape method of landscaping, which means using low-maintenance, native plants that require little water. Smart Growth Naturescaping What is Lawn Conversion? Many homeowners today are choosing to convert their lawns or a section of their lawns to a more natural state. This includes planting hardy native plant species of grasses, shrubs, wildflowers and/or trees, which require less maintenance than the conventional bright green lawn. EcoCityCleveland.org, Cleveland Ohio Water Efficient Landscaping Methods (Xeriscape) at Texas Christian University - TCU. Seven xeriscape principals:
- Start with a good design
- Improve the soil
- Use mulch
- Limit lawn areas
- Choose low-water-use plants
- Water Efficiently
- Practice good maintenance
East Mesa makes switch: On Ju ly 25 staff from Mesa’s utilities conservation department rolled out a revamped rebate program. The city will pay homeowners $500 for getting rid of grass in favor of a xeriscape yard. To receive the rebate, homeowners must remove at least 500 square feet of grass and re-landscape with plants requiring less water. A list of acceptable plants, along with a rebate application, is available at www.cityofmesa.org/utilities/conservation. Newszap.com Angela De Welles, Independent Newspapers, Mesa Arizona, September 17, 2007 Lawn is gone, cactus and veggies are in, thanks to volunteers at children's home: Over several months, volunteers from the Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, the El Paso chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico, and the El Paso Rock and Cactus Club, along with Duncan, have replaced a large turf area with a cactus garden, have restored a greenhouse, and are building vegetable and flower beds. "We have grass everywhere, and it takes a lot of water and upkeep," Thomas said. "But what we're trying to do with the Master Gardeners, the Rock and Cactus Club and the Native Plant Society is to xeriscape so that we use a lot less water." El Paso Times 05/03/2009 By María Cortés González / El Paso Times
Lee & Beulah Moor Children's Home resident Rosie Gonzalez watered tomato plants after she and other children planted a garden with the help of Master Gardeners April 23 outside the home. (Photos by Mark Lambie / El Paso Times)
Lawn Care for Cleaner Air - Landscaping Awards Program: Are you interested in trying a different approach to lawn care that would mean less work and pollution while providing more beauty and wildlife habitat in your backyard or corporate lawns? Operating a typical (4 HP) gasoline-powered lawnmower for one hour produces as much smog-forming hydrocarbons as driving an average car almost 200 miles under average conditions (more than the distance from Louisville to Nashville). LouisvilleKy.org, Louisville, Kentucky, June 10, 2007
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Lawn Care Practices for a Healthy Watershed: Eight Steps to a Healthy and Attractive Lawn with Less Maintenance and Fewer Chemicals: To reduce the maintenance requirements of a lawn and address problem areas where turf is difficult to grow, property owners can identify areas where turf grass can be replaced with other types of plantings. These areas may include lawn edges, frost pockets, exposed areas, dense shade, steep slopes, and wet areas. The best way to keep weeds at bay is to maintain a healthy, dense lawn that shades the ground surface, preventing weed seedlings from taking root. However, if weeds do take hold, they should be dug or pulled out. Chemical herbicides should only be used to spot treat persistent weeds, not applied universally. Think Blue - Connecticut River Stormwater Subcommittee
The Kitchen Garden
Segment from Geoff Lawton's new DVD on Establishing a Food Forest the Permaculture Way. Available Sept. 2008 from www.permaculture.org.au
Dawn of a New Lawn: There are plenty of things to do with your yard. And mowing the grass doesn't have to be one of them. As wilderness shrinks and backyard acreage increases, we all have an increasingly important role to play in preventing extinctions and promoting biodiversity in our own yards Audubon Backyard, Andy Wasowski Landscaping with nature - "Green" gardening program awards $32G in grants: Rain gardens and other low-impact landscape demonstration projects were big winners in the 10th annual round of Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program minigrants for public education, which are bringing $32,000 to eight community groups sponsoring the projects. The projects will show homeowners and professional landscapers how to use gardens to handle on-site drainage problems and reduce pollution to the bay, according to estuary program officials. SHRINK Your Lawn Method #4: Let Her Run Wild: A great way to reduce yard work and water use, create a more interesting landscape, and increase wildlife habitat all at the same time is to restore some of your property to a self-sustaining natural ecosystem. LessLawn.com, Evelyn J. Hadden, August 4, 2001 Lawn Conversion: We’ve spent the entire weekend smothering our grass lawn. The method we used is called “sheet mulching“. Basically, it’s a way to build up the soil without having to till or add synthetic fertilizers. Because of the horribly compacted soil and multiple layers of sod netting, we thought this would be the best way to prepare the soil for planting our edible and medicinal landscape.
A friend of ours rented a sod cutter and removed a large piece of turf for her dirt backyard. Then came the first step of laying down cardboard. The best place to find cardboard for this project was the billiards store! The cardboard creates a barrier that kills the remaining grass and any weeds.
Going Native: The trend to convert unused lawn to natural areas can increase recreational potential and solves many management problems. While lawn is an important component of sports areas, its ability to provide space for many other forms of recreation is actually very limited. With this idea in mind, many parks and nature centers in the Midwest are beginning to convert their un-used lawn to native landscaping as a way to provide space for other forms of recreation, including outdoor classrooms for the study of native plants and animals. Recreation Management, Jack Pizzo, Chris Hauser and Cory Ritterbusch
What is the Native / Exotic Plant Ratio in Your Public Parks? Excessive Lawns?
Balancing native, non-native plants in a yard is a tough act: I think the biggest problem is that many of us introduce non-native plants into our gardens, fully expecting Mom Nature to take care of them, and she doesn’t want any part of it. How do we introduce interesting species and coerce nature to help? It sounds sneaky, but really, it’s the secret to good gardening practice. IssaquahPress.com Issaquah, Washington By Jane Garrison March 9, 2009 Powerful Ergonica Turbo Weed Twister digs into rocks to remove weeds by their roots: Let your 1/2-inch drill do the twisting with this 36-inch tool that can quickly uproot small and large weeds. Rocky or desert landscaping and xeriscaping in California, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and other western states, as well as Australia, Africa, etc., can now be cleared of weeds, quickly and efficiently, by this powerful and safe tool made by Ergonica. No chemicals, herbicides, pesticides needed! Great for removing all types of grasses for lawn conversion. Muscles optional! Requires 1/2 inch drill such as the 18 volt Makita impact drill used in this demonstration.
East Lawn Conversion to Native Planting Area: By converting the lawn into a native garden area, we will benefit from lower maintenance costs, more interesting appearance, community interest and cohesion, and reduced use of fertilizers and chemicals. Gannett Fleming Environmental Sustainability Policy
Landscaping with Native Plants: Across North America, more and more people are discovering the satisfaction in beauty and the benefits to the environment of landscaping their homes, schools, businesses and places of worship with native plants. Native plants are those that evolved naturally in North America. More specifically, native plants in a particular area are those that were growing naturally in the area before humans introduced plants from distant places. Wild Ones® Natural Landscapers, Ltd How to Naturescape: Curious about native plants? Interested in a beautiful, low-maintenance landscape? Concerned about health and water quality? In the pages that follow, we will introduce some basic Concepts of landscaping with native plants, referred to by many as "naturescaping," and follow that with steps you can take to get started. San Jose Lawn to Natives Conversion: In contrast to the lawn-centric design, this mature garden requires only bi-annual trimming, semi-annual weeding, and about 4 deep waterings per year. Stephanie Morris, Landscape Architect, San Jose, California
Are the Highways - Freeways in Your State Landscaped with Native Plants? Should they be?
Eat Your Lawn: A new wave of gardeners replants front yards with food - A mile from the White House, in Washington DC’s Columbia Heights neighborhood, Ed Bruske is growing vegetables where his lawn used to be. During the summer, the garden provides about 80 percent of the produce Bruske, his wife, and their eight-year-old daughter eat. Chow.com By Roxanne Webber San Rafael, California - Retired Lawn: In 1975 after having replanted dead grass in his front yard twice, Michael Duffy decided to cover the entire yard with decorative stone. Inspired by his recent lawn conversion he purchase Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from a local store, and installed them in the stone surfaced garden. He next added the lawn mower and hung a “Retired” sign above it. He was soon asked by people to add lawn to his sign as it looked like a Retired Lawn.
Does your school or college campus apply sustainable landscaping, native plants, xeriscaping?
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Teacher, students create native-plant garden at their school - Project will help teach others about water-wise landscaping: San Marcos Middle School now has a native-plant garden that will provide ongoing lessons in water-wise landscaping, thanks to the efforts of a teacher and some of his students. Seventh-grade history and geography teacher Lawrence Osen oversaw the garden's creation Thursday and Friday afternoons. "You see a lot of land that's been disturbed or had its vegetation removed," he said. "And instead of putting ice plant in ... there are a lot of benefits from putting in native plants ---- their variety, erosion control and the color of their flowers."
Ryan Ortiz, 13, prepares to plant a manzanita shrub at a drought-tolerant garden at San Marcos Middle School last week. (Photo by John Koster - For the North County Times) April 25, 2009
Keeping UNLV’s head above water - Facilities management replaces grass with xeriscape, saves money: In an effort to conserve one of Southern Nevada’s most valuable resources, UNLV is also saving millions of dollars a year by replacing grass with drought tolerant xeriscape and conserving water. By converting turf to xeriscape the facilities management department is hoping for $150,000 in annual savings, Reynolds said. Currently 82,000 square feet of turf east of the soccer fields are being prepared for a landscape conversion that will be completed by the end of June according to Robert Lynn, UNLV facilities supervisor. The conversion projects are paid for by the university and then a rebate check is received from the Southern Nevada Water Authority.
Botanist restores native plants at CSU campus in Carson: Botanist Connie Vadheim and a few dozen recruits in grubby clothes and stout shoes will be pulling weeds and planting buckwheat and California sunflowers on April 12 along a seasonal creek just south of parking lot seven at CSU Dominguez Hills. It's all part of Vadheim's campaign to restore as much of the campus as possible with shrubs and flowers that are native to the South Bay area and raised from local genetic stock: sunflowers, coyote bush, tidy-tips, gilias, California wild roses, willows and bunch grasses. Garden Me, But Where’s the Front Lawn? Haeg's "Edible Estates" project replaces lawns with gardens - Haeg was standing in front of about 40 people in the multipurpose room of the Ann Arbor District Library to present his project, “Edible Estates,” which involves installations of gardens in place of front lawns. He’s implemented gardens as front lawn replacements in various locations across the U.S., and has done one in England. Haeg first traced the history of the lawn from a demonstration of wealth in the English estate, to the definition of a unfenced democratic space given privilege at Jefferson’s Monticello, to a hostile no-man’s land in post-war suburban development.
Ann Arbor Chronicle By Dave Askins November 11, 2008
Peter Cundall: turf out lawn: He was apparently looking wistfully and sadly at his unattractive front lawn and wondering if it, the space, could be put to better use. Occasionally someone parked a car on it and it had become a handy toilet for local dogs. He asked, "why do people still have totally ignored and usually neglected lawns?". They are after all, nothing more than water-guzzling bits of cosmetic nonsense, completely unsuited to a harsh, drought-prone Australian climate.
The perfect garden is one that makes YOU feel good! Not necessarily your neighbors, your nursery store, landscaping service provider or hardware vendors... It's Your Dirt!
Loans to help rid residents of their lawns: The Southern Nevada Water Authority, of which Henderson is a member, pays $1.50 per square foot to homeowners who tear up their grass through its Water Smart Landscapes rebate program. But the water authority estimates up to 30 percent of residential applicants withdraw from the program before completing it, often because they can’t afford new landscaping. So, Henderson will lend up to $5,000 at 3 percent interest for seven years to a limited number of residents who participate in the water authority’s lawn conversion effort. Las Vegas Sun By Phoebe Sweet September 2, 2008
Time to lose the lawn? With officials calling for at least 30 percent less water use this summer, landscaping may be where most customers cut back: Tired of spending her weekends on expensive and time-consuming lawn care, Kathleen Tornow finally decided to get rid of the grass and put in a water-saving front yard. Petaluma360.com By Corey Young February 19, 2009
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