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Hellstrip gardening: A case study

May 20, 2014

When Laura Crockett bought her property seventeen years ago, the front yard was entirely lawn. “I knew I wanted to make a private interior courtyard,” she says, “with an obvious, interesting entrance.” She laid out a linear garden 8 feet wide on either side of the 75-foot stretch of public sidewalk. One side is the […]

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What the heck is a hellstrip and why does it matter?

April 28, 2014

You may not know what it is, or what it’s called, but if you’re a homeowner, you probably have one. And chances are, you don’t know what to do with it. It is the thin stretch of earth between the street and the sidewalk. Poor soil, public access, neighborhood pets, and zoning regulations are only […]

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Designing a beautiful no-mow yard: 5 considerations

January 31, 2014

When designing your no-mow yard, Evelyen Hadden, author of Beautiful No-Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives, writes that each choice “should be based not only on your aesthetics or comfort but also on the natural processes and character of your site.” The following are five things to consider when contemplating replacing your lawn with a now-mow […]

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Imagining a no-mow yard: 7 lawn alternatives in pictures

January 17, 2013

For the past century, we gardeners have loved our lawns. They have grown from an occasional play area (or status symbol) for the richest among us to a ubiquitous ‘affordable’ groundcover. But the tide is turning. For a variety of reasons, from our changing environmental awareness to our changing lifestyles, some of us are shrinking […]

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Timber authors on lawn alternatives

August 29, 2011

This month on Garden Designers Roundtable, garden writers are discussing lawn alternatives. Several members of the Lawn Reform Coalition are also sharing their insight on promoting a different kind of yard. These gardeners have a variety of suggestions on changing blankets of turf grass to something more beautiful, natural, and lower maintenance. Three Timber authors have shared their thoughts on lawn alternatives during this […]

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