Lawns Into Meadows: Growing a Regenerative Landscape

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Lawns Into Meadows: Growing a Regenerative Landscape Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Stone Pier Press Pages: 168 Illustrations and other contents: 8-page color insert Language: English ISBN: 9780998862378 Categories: ,

As the planet experiences ecological destruction on an unprecedented scale, many of us are asking the question, what can I do? In this book, landscape designer Owen Wormser builds a case for growing more meadows, and then tells us how. Allowing a lawn to be reclaimed by native grasses and flowers creates healthy habitats for birds and insects. Meadows introduce ecological diversity with very little effort, and can take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. And they can soothe the soul, producing the kind of natural beauty that returns year after year. By contrast, lawns are an environmental nightmare. As with any monocrop, a lawn requires massive amounts of inputs that burden the environment, ranging from unfiltered fossil fuels to the side effects produced by herbicides to the pollution caused by fertilizer runoff. The author provides a simple and practical guide to cultivating your own organic and sustainable meadow, no matter where you live. He’ll draw from what he has learned growing up off the grid in Maine and working professionally to help people cultivate regenerative landscapes. The book includes before and after photos of different types of meadows, and resources that can make meadow building easy and accessible.

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"It's time to rebuild meadows wherever we can, including the deadscape we call lawn. Owen Wormser explains why, and how to do this, with oodles of highly readable, ecologically sound advice."-Douglas W. Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home and Nature's Best Hope "This wonderful book by Owen Wormser has a humble title, Lawns Into Meadows. But it is all about a very big idea, namely the conversion of lawns into meadows as a powerful way to help save the lands, protect the waters, and stabilize the climate. Lawns are a very destructive force in an ecological sense. They consume huge amounts of water and depend on toxic chemicals, fertilizers, and fossil fuels for their maintenance. "Meadows do just the opposite. They employ biodiversity and nature's genius to heal landscapes, build soils, and sequester atmospheric carbon while supporting pollinators and other beneficial insects and plants. The author tells us how to grow a meadow, and become a positive force on behalf of the planet. I highly recommend this book."-Dr. John Todd, author of Healing Earth "I love the voicing in this book. It brought meadows and flowers to life for me in many ways that I am going to continue to enjoy."-Jon Kabat-Zinn, Scientist, writer, and founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Booklist- "Due to concerns about climate change, air quality, and water use, many homeowners are reconsidering their lawns. Lawn grasses are water hogs and are high maintenance compared to many alternatives. One of those is to plant yards that resemble meadows more than golf courses. The native plants that are part of a meadow culture are more resilient and less vulnerable to climate-induced weather extremes and, unlike lawns, do not rely on chemicals and irrigation systems in order to thrive. Landscape designer Wormser takes the reader through steps for preparation and design, including how to determine what will grow successfully in various conditions and what is required to plan, plant, and keep a meadow healthy and visually appealing. Suggested plants and highlighted answers to frequently asked questions may allay concerns homeowners have about pests, invasive plants, and other issues. For those interested in trading their lawn for a low-maintenance, environmentally friendly alternative that will support wildlife and reduce pollution from mowing, all the necessary information is here, along with plenty of sources to support it." "I just made the mistake of sticking my nose into Owen Wormser's Lawns into Meadows and before I knew it, it had interrupted my plans because I kept reading it. Lovely book, lovely ideas, and graceful illustrations. Highly recommended."-Christopher Madden, Woodhall Press Bookpage- "Americans love lush, green lawns. But the truth is, all those manicured yards are hard on the environment. They guzzle water, chemicals and fossil fuels and do nothing to encourage a biodiverse ecosystem of pollinators, wildlife and microbe-rich soil. In Lawns into Meadows, Owen Wormser shows us how to forgo grass in favor of native plant meadows, a more climate-friendly option for your green space. Wormser suggests 21 hardy, easy-to-grow perennials that will fill out in no time, like black-eyed Susan, goldenrod and purple coneflower, along with meadow-making designs to suit a variety of yard sizes. If this is a topic that interests you, there are many more guides in the nifty Citizen Gardening series from Stone Pier Press. "I like the straightforward, can-do approach of Lawns Into Meadows-whether for a replacing a curbside stretch of grass, or an island bed in your backyard, or something bigger.This is a really accessible, how-to book that's also about sustainability, regeneration, and beauty. I'm so glad to get this book."-Margaret Roach, A Way to Garden, New York Times contributor

Author Biography

Owen Wormser was born and raised in rural Maine. He earned a degree in landscape architecture and quickly learned to use regenerative, low-maintenance practices in designing and building landscapes. Based in Western Massachusetts, his company, Abound Design, provides design, consulting, and installation services.