Thursday, June 14, 2012

Beautiful No-Mow Yards -- Book Review

The first thought that comes to my mind is to make sure your no-mow yard does not offend your neighbours or contravene  local by-laws. -- (CBS) MASSAPEQUA PARK, N.Y. - Brace yourself for a mow-down showdown in Massapequa Park on Long Island, where the powers that be are imposing big fines on homeowners who don't cut it when it comes to yard work.
First time offenders could be hit with a $1,000 fine. Fines for repeat offenders could reach a whopping $10,000, CBS New York reported.  ( --
I remember a very distant friend coming up to me at a garden show.  She described what the city had done to her native prairie garden and hundreds of naturalized daffodils while she was away tending to her spouse.  They raped her garden & to this day the city refuses to admit their liability or the damage done.
A no-mow garden can be a beautiful thing.  My side gardens, both west and east are no-mow gardens.  When you walk through either my white garden or my quiet garden you cannot help but brush up against the plant material.  My backyard each year looses more and more grass.  Beautiful No-Mow Yards 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives by Evelyn J. Hadden covers play areas, edible gardens, shade gardens, pond gardens, a meadow and prairie garden, just to name a few.  My favourite is the shade woodland garden.  Beautiful No-Mow Yards 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives by Evelyn J. Hadden will allow you to pick features from each garden making it your own unique garden.  When you are ready to begin then the chapter on converting you lawn to a garden will let you avoid a bad start and many mis-steps.  OK! so you are keeping some lawn.  Me too!!   There is a chapter for making that lawn eco-friendly.  This chapter is short and to the point.  Part three of Beautiful No-Mow yards is all about the plants, their shapes, textures and uses.  A good book with some great ideas.

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