There is a growing, sometimes contentious movement afoot: traditional lawns vs natural landscaping. Two years ago, we came up against Ohio’s laws regarding lawns and weeds and were heartbroken to have to mow our luscious long grasses. Last year, we enjoyed a reprieve and the serenity of our natural garden. This year, the grasses back!
When we bought our homestead, the only gardening area was at the bottom of a fairly steep hill. Though fine for growing a winter’s worth of potatoes and squash, it’s less convenient for greens, which we prefer to grow close to the house. Having read about a method called "lasagna gardening" (named for its layers; learn the basics here), we decided to try it. Egged on by its success, we extended the garden the following year only this time incorporating hugelkultur techniques. Here’s how we did it.
How might we redesign our spaces to create edible abundance? Transform your water-guzzling lawn into a productive polyculture food forest. If you are ready to transform your lawn and your outdoor living space, read on.
Typical suburban landscaping is a maintenance expense with no return to the owner and often diminishes the habitat for the living things around us. One alternative is to create a forest island that provides flowers for pollinators and food for people with little to no maintenance cost.
Husqvarna adds 3 all-wheel drive walk mower models to offer high quality options for any budget.
Exmark’s “Transitioning Mower Fleets to Propane” provides a road map for landscape professionals.
Qualifying referrals to Exmark can receive $100 Carhartt gift cards.
KIOTI tractor company realizes significant growth in North American markets.
Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn riding mower earns award for innovative RED Technology
New Z925M Flex Fuel model offers alternative fuel option for landscape contractors.
My experiences with a reel lawn mower in a small urban neighborhood.
Scotts Miracle-Gro now phosphorous-free in market leading Turf Builder product.
One of STIHL’s many battery powered tools could make a perfect gift for dad this Father’s Day.
Currently sold only in Europe, the Honda Miimo is the company’s first commercial robotic product for domestic use, offering customers the ultimate in lawn mowing ease.
Goats are terrific weed eaters, and do a great job clearing land for you, why not utilize them for clearing your pastures!
The Hoss Seeder's unique features include its all-metal frame and ease of attaching to the wheel hoe.
Investments in lawnmower fabrication processes save more than 310 tons of steel annually.
Tips on how to prevent soil compaction on your lawn and reduce water pollution!
Tips on how to compost, what is composting and reasons why you should compost.
Put your riding mower to work!
Cub Cadet is known for providing break-through innovations, a reputation supported by the Best Buy rating.
The CS2410 subcompact tractor is appropriate for those homeowners with property sizes ranging from just under an acre up to 5 acres, possibly more.
Growstone makes breakthrough, high-performance hydroponic growth mediums and soil aerators from discarded glass.
One of our most common grasses is limiting the bobwhite quail population, killing broodmares and their foals, rotting cow hooves, and cutting milk production.
Tips on how to conserve water in the fall with weather-based irrigation controllers.
Steve offers a few thoughts on line trimmers and brush cutters.
The 2011 report focuses on the Garden Effect and Payback-if-sold. The Garden Effect is the estimated increase in a property’s market value as a result of having beautiful landscaping.
A recent study of the University of Texas at Austin found that mixed native turf lawns require less maintenance, grow better and provide more weed resistance than a traditional, single-species lawn.
Simran Sethi starts dreaming of spring gardening, with the goal of renewing her efforts to grow real food.
Simran Sethi reflects on her first summer of yard-care and gardening.
Second in a series of blog posts about how to convert a lawn mower or other gasoline small engine to run on propane.
Simran Sethi teams up with two neighbors to "grow food, not lawns."
First in a series of blog posts which will cover conversion of lawnmowers and small engines from gasoline to propane.
Landscapers, gardeners and DIYers have a fast and convenient solution that dethatches, bags, rakes, scalps, mulches and cuts lawns in a single tool.
It’s time for lawn and garden work. In your opinion, which is the best garden tractor? Which tractor will you be using this year?
If you're looking for a new lawn mower this year, consider buying a zero-turn lawn mower, which will really help you maneuver around obstacles such as trees and bushes.
More electric riding lawn mowers are coming to the market.
You can sneak a few attractive, low maintenance food plants onto your lawn, and your neighbors will never even notice.
New EPA regulations require 35 percent reduced emissions from lawn-care equipment by 2011.
Wise sprinkler usage will conserve water while maintaining your attractive lawn.
Machine expert Hank Will offers advice on whether to drain the gas tanks of machines that will be idle for a while.