Do More with Less Lawn: A guest post at Gardener’s Supply Company


Old Man Winter’s hoary fist may be clenched around much of the U.S., but (in a raspy Eddard Stark voice) spring is coming. Yes, it really is — and soon for those of us in the South, Southwest, and Southern CA. With lawn-mower and sprinkler season looming, will this be the year you get rid of all or part of your thirsty, drought-stricken lawn?

Last year I wrote a guest post, “Do More with Less Lawn,” on Gardener’s Supply Company’s website. If you missed it then, I hope you’ll check it out now. You’ll find advice about reducing your lawn and 5 design approaches for using less lawn in your own yard.

Winter is the perfect time to dream about spring gardening plans, after all. Does lawn reduction play any part in yours?

All material © 2006-2014 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

4 Responses

  1. Kris P says:

    Yes! Another large patch of lawn is coming out as I write, courtesy of my husband’s diligence in digging it out (albeit slowly, in bits and pieces, but those of us not doing the digging have no right to complain). I’m planning to have the remaining lawn serve as a pathway rather than the centerpiece of our backyard.

  2. Shelley says:

    Pam- this article helps me alot. Have my patio put in front but don’t like the shape- trimmed sharp edges. I need it to undulate. I know the angles will soften and I hope drift with spring planting or plants in pots. The great thing is I can always change and create what

    • Pam/Digging says:

      I don’t know why some landscapers want to put in square-edged patios when they’re working in a non-modern garden. My in-laws had the same thing happen to them many years ago. Eventually they had the edging re-done to add gentle curves, and it made a huge difference. —Pam

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