The authors in this book argue that our dedication to maintaining beautiful lawns is contributing to the serious environmental problems facing the planet, and they offer strategies for creating and caring for aesthetically pleasing and ecologically sound lawns This new edition updates the original text and adds a chapter and illustrations showing what progress has been made in the ecological management of landscapes over the past decade.Reviews of the first edition An extremely readable summation of the origins of the addiction to lawns, and of the environmental reasons why Americans should kick the habit Anne Raver, New York Times Book Review A manual for improving a large part of the American environment while reducing pollution, saving Americans a large amount of money, and beautifying the landscape Edward O Wilson...
|Title||:||Redesigning the American Lawn: A Search for Environmental Harmony, Second Edition|
|Publisher||:||Yale University Press Subsequent edition May 1, 2001|
|Number of Pages||:||192 pages|
|File Size||:||788 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Redesigning the American Lawn: A Search for Environmental Harmony, Second Edition Reviews
This book takes a long, hard look at the industry surrounding lawn care, with its chemicals and fertilizers, and asks whether this is necessary for a good life, and examines the history of how Americans came to value these artificially cultivated huge expanses of mown grass. It also details several case studies where suburban folks successfully challenged the neighborhood norms and morphed a manicured lawn into a more natural hodgepodge of plant life that is better for the environment, still lovely, and much less work and cost and waste to maintain. Even though this book is decades old, the information in it is more relevant now than ever.
I enjoyed this book and now have a new appreciation for what I'm seeing when I walk through my neighborhood. Some homeowners water continuously, some have pesticides sprayed (Caution signs), some have no lawns, some have brown lawns. This book actually changed my actions: I bought lower nitrogen fertilizer for my fall lawn care. It was three times more expensive than the 26% nitrogen option but I decided to make a conscious environmental decision based on my reading of this book.
Gave this one as a gift to son in law who is a landscape architect.
I should really write an in depth review of this book. It is interesting and makes some good points, but it also presents things from a very biased perspective, and some of the information is out of date.
I have to say that I bought this book on a lark, not expecting much from it. I was wrong. It presents a whole new way to look at the typical suburban lawn, namely mine. I have to admit that I have not yet come to grips with the notion that a dandilion might have a place in my lawn, but I have come to love the sea of white that is a clover lawn in bloom.
I bought this book expecting more detail on herbicides and insecticides than the book actually contained. This was a mistake on my part though and the information on lawn care and the harmful effects of current practices were made clear with plenty of easy to relate to examples. Well worth the money to buy, and you only need an evening to read it as the content is not difficult to digest.