Reduce Your Lawn: My design tips appear in Fine Gardening


Yippee, a short piece I wrote about how to downsize a lawn appears in the current issue of Fine Gardening (Feb. 2012)!


If you’re thinking about ripping out some grass this spring, I hope you’ll find my tips useful. It’s on newsstands now.

All material © 2006-2012 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

23 Responses

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Congrats on being published. I can’t wait to get a copy. I need to redo my front garden in the worst way. I am nearly paralyzed when I even look at it. Sigh~~

  2. Thanks for the heads-up. I don’t always purchase “Fine Gardening” but I definitely will this month.

  3. Ally says:

    Congratuations!!! Very exciting indeed. Can’t wait to read it.

  4. Cynthia says:

    That’s a great piece! I often teach classes on waterwise design and you’ve summed up how to go from theory to practice very effectively- that’s the hardest part for people. Great article!

  5. Vickie says:

    How timely! I’ll be heading out to get an issue, since this is definitely on my mind. The Circle C Homeowners Association has finally come around to the fact that we live in Austin and need to be water wise. Still, their guidelines for front lawns don’t seem to fit with what I would like to do. I’m hoping you’ll have some good ideas for me.

  6. Congratulations…again. You’re doing so well, with your articles and photos, and your book in the works.
    All well deserved.
    I’ll be looking for this article.
    Good work!

  7. Nicole says:

    Congrats. i wish more people here would learn of this.

  8. Scott Weber says:

    How very cool! I actually grabbed that issue last week…I didn’t even realize you had written that piece! Congrats!

  9. Tina says:

    You go, girl! (You said that to me…15 years ago when I was ripping out my front lawn.) Congrats!!

  10. Danielle says:

    My best friend gave me a subscription to this magazine for my birthday and I love it. Congratulations on the published article!! With the recent freezes we have had in Florida this year I am definitely going to do nothing but Florida Friendly landscaping this spring….and all plants must be able to tolerate 20 degree weather. ;)

  11. Indie says:

    How awesome!! Congratulations! It sounds like a great article – I’m going to have to pick up a copy!

  12. Cindy, MCOK says:

    I’ll look for the magazine next time I’m out! Congrats!

  13. Katina says:

    I also would like to congratulate you on being published!

  14. Greggo says:

    I subscribe. I noticed your name immediately. Congrats. Well written.

  15. Cindy says:

    Pam–How cool. Can’t wait to pick up a copy!

  16. Gail says:

    Pam, It was a treat to open that issue and see your article! Well done. gail

  17. ESP says:

    Congratulations on the article Pam!

  18. Pam, I love all the advice you give. Your article makes it so clear and simple. You use some of my favorite options too: consolidating island beds and incorporating lawn trees for less work and better tree health — win-win! Congrats on a great piece.

  19. Mamaholt says:

    Fantastic work, Pam! Love the magazine and you KNOW how I love lawn reform!! I’m so happy for and proud of you.

  20. Pam/Digging says:

    Thank you all for the wonderful, supportive comments! —Pam

  21. Great article. Just read it the other day in Fine Gardening and really enjoyed it! Congrats to you on being published!

  22. Candy Suter says:

    Wow that is so awesome! Congratulations honey!

  23. Merikay Smith says:

    I’m putting together a presentation for our Master Gardeners on reducing lawn and would like to reference your article in “Fine Gardening.” Could I copy the illustration on your webpage (attributing it of course)? The presentations will be given as a public service to local gardeners (no personal fees earned).

    Thanks.

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