Drumroll, please. After two months of long-distance scheming, the Lawn Reform Coalition, a new campaign to change the American Lawn, launches today. We're about getting practical solutions to homeowners, government and businesses about 3 increasingly important subjects:
- How to care for existing lawns in a natural way that doesn't pollute or waste water
- More sustainable types of turfgrassses for each region, most of them native
- Dozens – soon hundreds – of ideas for reducing the size of your lawn or replacing it altogether – with edibles, trees, shrubs, porous patios, etc.
WHO WE ARE
There are 9 of us. Naturally, a bunch of Californians, coz lawn's such as shall-we-say problematic groundcover
there in the semi-desert: landscape designers Shirley Bovshow, Billy Goodnick, and Susan Morrison, plus film producer/conservationist Tom Engelman. Then moving East we're joined by Less Lawn author Evelyn Hadden in Minneapolis and more eco-gardening communicators along the East Coast: Paul Tukey in Maine, Tom Christopher in Connecticut, yours truly in Maryland and Ginny Stibolt in Florida. This unruly loose coalition includes both lawn-removers and lawn-improvers, but whether we're anti-lawn or not, we're all pro-science, pro-what works, not an idealogue in the bunch.
Our sources? Our own knowledge and experience as landscape professionals and garden writers, plus that of leaders in developing, testing, and providing the best alternatives to conventional, resource-guzzling turfgrasses. (They're listed on our About page.)
WHAT WE GOT
- Of course, a website, which we hope will be linked to widely on websites about the environment and gardening, including Master Gardener and Extension Service websites.
- Our Flickr group "Lawn Replacement" is the place for eco-gardeners to contribute their photos to inspire homeowners AND to help reporters write their stories about lawn reform.
- A Facebook group – join to brainstorm with lawn reformers everywhere.
- A printable brochure, and coming soon, PowerPoint presentations you can use in your community.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
- Ask that our Resources page be added to websites of your water authority, Friends of Local River group, Master Gardener group, Sierra Club chapter, etc, etc. Then suggest they get listed on our website as a Supporter.
- If you have a blog or website, grab one of the widgets in our sidebar to help people find our resources.
- Contribute photos to our Flickr group, join in the conversation on our Facebook Group.
- Write and speak about lawn problems and solutions.
BLOGGERS, COMPETE FOR GREENLEE/HOLT BOOK
Timber Press has contributed three copies of The American Meadow Garden by
the very knowledgeable John
Greenlee with photos by the totally awesome Saxon Holt. To compete, just write a post on this topic: "I used to have a lawn; now I have
___________." Susan Morrison is in charge of the contest over on her Blue
Planet Garden Blog, so click here for more details. She's accepting entries until September 30.
THIS JUST IN: Greenlee has a trailer on YouTube!Photos clockwise from upper left: Ginny Stibolt's organic lawn in Florida; Buffalograss in California; Pam Penick's Texas front-yard of regionally appropriate plants; and Helen Yoest's tiny front-yard lawn in North Carolina.