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Beautiful No-Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives

By Evelyn J. Hadden

Deeply inspirational to anyone looking to make their yards more interesting, more beautiful, and more wildlife-friendly. ... Beautiful, superbly written.

Susan Harris, Garden Rant

What has your perfect green lawn done for you lately? Is it really worth the time, effort, and resources you lavish on it? Armed with encouragement, inspiration, and cutting-edge advice from award-winning author Evelyn Hadden, you can liberate yourself at last!

In this ultimate guide to rethinking your yard, Hadden showcases dozens of inspiring, eco-friendly alternatives to that demanding (and dare we say boring?) green turf. Trade your lawn for a lively prairie or replace it with a runoff-reducing rain garden. Swap it for an interactive adventure garden or convert it to a low-maintenance living carpet.

With Beautiful No-Mow Yards, you can transform your lawn into a livable garden and bring nature's beauty into your life!


Media reviews

"It has it all: A compelling rationale for ignoring the siren song of the 'perfect' lawn, inspirational stories from gardeners and designers enthusiastically embracing this timely trend, and step-by-step instructions for creating easy-care, planet-friendly patches of paradise."

—Billy Goodnick, Fine Gardening

"Hadden demonstrates how creatively rewarding it can be to forgo the fescue."

—Carol Haggas, Booklist

"With refreshing zeal, the author urges us to rethink our yards, helping us to see that a lawnless or a less-lawn landscape can fascinate us with its beauty, complexity, and variability."

Publishers Weekly

"Precise instructions on preparation, construction, and maintenance, along with dozens of plant recommendations for every site, make this an invaluable guide to the lawnless lifestyle."


"Novice and expert gardeners will find this well-written and engaging work, enhanced with color photos and other illustrations, useful for all sizes of projects."

Library Journal

"Just what American gardeners need. ... Deeply inspirational to anyone looking to make their yards more interesting, more beautiful, and more wildlife-friendly. ... Beautiful [and] superbly written."

—Susan Harris, Garden Rant

"Hands down one of the best garden writers I've had the pleasure of reading. I have a large library of gardening books, most with excellent content, but few rival the elegant and graceful prose of Beautiful No-Mow Yards."

—Susan Morrison, Blue Planet Garden Blog

About the author

Evelyn J. Hadden

National speaker and award-winning author of four gardening books, including Beautiful No-Mow Yards, Evelyn Hadden encourages property owners to convert unused, unloved lawns to more rewarding landscapes. Evelyn founded the informational website LessLawn and is a founding member of the national Lawn Reform Coalition, as well as a partner at the lauded and provocative team blog GardenRant.

Read more about Evelyn J. Hadden

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