Sunday, May 26, 2013

Book Review :: Lawn Gone! :Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard

LAWN GONE! Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your YardI have been reading Pam Penick's blog, Digging, for several years. Trying to incorporate many of her design ideas into my own landscape I have experimented with plants to conserve water and energy. 

Placing deciduous trees on the south and west side of the landscape to shade the house from blaring summer sun and using water saving ground covers instead of grass in some locations has been helpful.  

Realizing additional landscape changes can be made to conserve water and still keep a degree of aesthetics throughout the four seasons I have been devouring her new book with design inspirations, wonderful photographs, and delightful narrative to achieve my conservation  goals.

In her book, she illustrates before and after examples, how to incorporate native grasses, and precautions when making changes.  

Publisher Description  "The book is divided into three parts; part one covers design ideas for grasses (that don't need mowing), ground cover plants, perennials and shrubs, hardscaping with paths, patios, ponds and the like, or simply downsizing the lawn. Part two covers the techniques of lawn removal, installation of hardscape elements, bed preparation and planting, and maintenance tips. Part three offers advice on dealing with HOAs, city codes, skeptical neighbors, ticks, deer, rodents, and fire resistant landscaping. There are 30 pages of regional plant recommendations at the end covering U.S. regions."