Introducing the Lawn Reform Coalition
by Ginny Stibolt
Today (September 14, 2009) we are introducing the
Lawn Reform Coalition and its website (www.lawnreform.org),
which provides resources and examples for helping homeowners and
businesses all over the country change the way they think about
lawns. To mark this beginning, Susan Morrison of Blue
Planet Garden Blog is running a contest. You fill in the blank:
"I used to have a lawn, but now I have a ______. " Answer
the question by September 30th and you could win a copy of John
Greenlee's The American Meadow Garden.
I joined with the eight other members of the coalition to
provide reasonable actions and alternatives for Florida's climate and
soils. I think we can work together to restore some of the 'Real Florida' by reducing lawn acreage and by reducing the use of poisons and
fertilizers all over the state. In these tough economic times, why spend your time and money on unsustainable
Our Freedom Lawn
Since moving into our house in the spring of 2004,
we've not used chemicals or fertilizer on our lawn, but our lawn areas
are presentable, as you can see in this photo taken this summer.
I've written about our lawn care several times, but now I have a name
to describe it: it's a "Freedom Lawn."
A close-up in one area of our lawn shows that there
are several types of plants growing there, and most of them are
not turf grass. In other areas, there is still a lot of the
original St. Augustine grass left. >>
Honey, We Shrunk the Lawn!
In addition to more environmentally sound treatment of
our lawn, we've also we've also reduced its area by creating meadows in
several areas and replacing lawn with mulched areas under trees and in
pathways where grass was not doing well anyway.
In case you missed them, here's a list of my lawn
the Lawn in your Landscape, Managing
a Natural Meadow, Cutting
Edges, The Lawn
Grass isn't always greener...
Ginny Stibolt would like to hear from readers who have suggestions
and questions. After all, there are more than a few transplanted
gardeners here in northeast Florida trying to figure out what works
and what doesn't in planting zone 8/9. She's written a book,
Gardening for Florida," published by University Press of Florida.
You may contact her or read extra details on her articles and other
information posted on her website: www.transplantedgardener.com.
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