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Nibbling away at my lawn and replacing with natives.

My lawn is gradually shrinking but I need more ideas about how to extend the process.

This book sounds terrific. I have removed many feet of lawn in our current place and the previous home. My current favorite method is to put down 6 or 7 sheets of newspaper right over the grass, and cover it with mulch. Some weeding is needed at first, especially if you don't overlap the newspaper sections much, but it really works. You can plant some things right away, especially shrubs and larger plants. Much easier than digging up all that sod.

By the time I'm done, the only lawn left will be grass paths.

About 10 years ago, I realized that my least favorite task in the yard was mowing the lawn So, I assigned that job to my oldest son. Several years later, he passed the job to a younger brother. About 3 years ago, I realized that my youngest son (who inherited the lawn mowing job from son number two) was soon heading to college. I've systematically been reducing the size of the lawn and replacing it with plants my wife and I enjoy. Need to hurry up...this is my last summer of discounted labor!

I would like a beautiful green space that isn't dirt and isn't lawn. Looks like there are plenty of ideas in this book.

I'm getting there, one clump of Gulf Muhly at a time.

Our yard is beach sand. We have been gradually diminishing the part of it that is lawn needing mowed. I would love some more ideas to speed that process along.

I surely need this book! I don't have much grass, but my "garden" yard looks more like "jungle" than "garden." Or maybe "weed patch." I need help!

Look forward to the book..so i can get my folks off of gas guzzlin monthly lawn care costs..

This looks like a really useful book (and your garden is beautiful). Pls. include me in the drawing.

I have a tiny front yard with patches of weeds. Not very pretty but green. I'd love ideas for alternatives.

i have been plotting against the grass - taking it out stealthily by putting in an area of native flowers here, 5-7 shrubs that will grow into each other, there, vegetable garden over there, squash patch over here.. have realized that i haven't really made a master plan though.. it looks like a great book, congrats!

Can't wait to see more!

Can't tell you how many newspapers I have used over the years as first step in banishing our lawn. The only problem is that grass clippings are my husband's most prized and most easily obtainable mulch for his splendid vegetable beds.

We have been slowly getting rid of our lawn since we moved into our house 16 years ago. First, half the back yard became prairie garden. It is now savanna garden because the bur oak we planted has grown up. Then gardens in the side yards. Next the small front yard went. We made berms and paths using the soil from the new patio area (Which removed lawn and replaced it with permeable pavers.) We are on a corner lot and have a lot of terrace (hell strip) area. That is turning to garden year by year. We are going to contact the city about putting in a rain garden in part of our terrace. That will get rid of some more lawn. My ultimate goal is to have a patch of perfect lawn about six feet in diameter that I can trim with sheep shears and weed by hand and that contains only lawn grasses, white clover and a few violets. No creeping charlie, plantain or dandelions. Oh, and maybe some scilla for the spring. A few crocuses would be ok, too. Why do I want the book? We are not done yet and can always use some more ideas!

It looks like a fantastic book! Please send it to me! It is just what I need, since I don't own a lawn mower.

My husband and I live on three acres in rural western Maryland. I've been cultivating--organically, vegetables, small fruits, native perennials and grasses (many grown from seed)--about 1/2 of the land for 20 years. There's still an acre field with the grass and weed mix that was here when we bought it, and it includes the pernicious bull thistle, which my husband tries to dig up by the root each year. A very large, curvilinear ornamental garden, becoming a bit too much for me to keep up, covers most of our "back yard."

I would be happy to peruse Evelyn's book and discover more suggestions (if she offers them) for large properties.

Do so need the inspiration for my little mulch yard-- we took out the grass last year.

I have a vegetable garden in a large part of my front yard. The rest is just mowed weeds. I had to give up watering the grass years ago for lack of time. Now, it would be very hard to keep it alive because of water restrictions. This looks like a great book.

What a beautiful book. I live in the country, lots of grass to eliminate, would be a great challenge. When grass is not grass its called pasture, but I still have plenty to work with.

The book looks awesome. I have very little lawn and less all the time. The big challenge is convincing other people to get rid of most or all of their lawn.

Heh, like Carri, I am also slowly and nonconsensually replacing the grass in our front yard with no-mow options. Some guidance & inspiration would be awesome!

We are in the process of converting our tiny urban front yard from 100% lawn to a mixture of shrubs, a small tree, perennials, ferns, bulbs, etc. Each year I just make the perimeter a bit bigger. It's been a lot of fun so far, and, in spite of a few mistakes, it's going really well.

Would love the book!

My lawn gets smaller every year and I'm sure I could get rid of some more grass with inspiration from this book.

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