Requiem for a Lawnmower: Gardening in a Warmer, Drier World

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Taylor Trade Publications, 2004 - Gardening - 211 pages
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Sally Wasowski, with Andy Wasowski and cartoons by Vahan Shirvanian. In 2002, while the western United States was undergoing its severest drought in recorded history, home gardeners and professional landscapers alike turned to hardy native plants to replace their thirsty exotics. Xeriscaping-literally, "dry landscaping"-emerged from the shadows of traditional gardening to become the trendy if not dominant inspiration for garden design. In Requiem for a Lawnmower Sally and Andy Wasowski offer a timely manifesto on this more naturalistic approach to gardening, "working with Mother Nature, not fighting her." Consisting of practical advice as well as calls to action, the Wasowski's professed hope is that Requiem for a Lawnmower "will send you into the garden-and the voting booth-with a fresh perspective."
 

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Contents

Saguaro The Ubiquitous Endemic
109
Sumacs for Red Fall Color
114
Meet the Family
117
Our Unsung Horticultural Heroes
120
Observations
125
Rediscovering Our Lost Native Herbs
127
Watch the Birdies Instead of the Soaps
133
Things That Go Bump in the Spring
137

Can You Say Xeriscape?
31
Danger in Your Bookstore
36
Good People Good Intentions Bad Input
39
Amaze Your Neighbors Have an Ecologically Sound Landscape
44
Better Things for Better Living through Organic?
49
Putting It All Together
53
Requiem for a Lawnmower
55
Landscape Design for Geeks and Nerds
59
Made for the Shade
64
How to Keep from Killing Your Wooded Lot
67
Dont Let Your Wildflowers Run Wild
72
To the Rescue
75
Help Stamp Out Plant Abuse
81
Leave Those Leaves
86
A Native for Every Niche
89
And So to Bedding
91
Cenizo and Friends
95
Grass Roots Support for Buffalograss
98
Mexican Hat A BlackThumb Perennial
102
Putting Ferns in Their Proper Place
104
Fast Food Stops for Hummingbirds
139
Goldenrod Is Nothing to Sneeze At
142
Trash Trees Mother Natures BandAids
144
Creating Habitats
149
How Natural Is Natural?
151
Create Your Own Woods
154
Little Prairie by the House
158
A Kinder Gentler Desert Garden
164
Mother Natures Winter Garden
168
Looking for a Good Neighbor? Try a Creek
171
Where Do We Go from Here?
177
The Eighth Deadly Sin
179
Weeding Out Bad Weed Laws
185
Where Have All the Saplings Gone Long Time Passing?
189
The Fad That Wont Go Away
192
The Big Backlash
197
To Save the Planet Save the Plants
203
Truth or Consequences
206
About the Authors
211
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About the author (2004)

Sally Wasowski is a nationally respected landscape designer and consultant specializing in native plants and natural landscapes. Andy is a freelance gardening and environmental writer and photographer. Together they are the authors of Native Texas Plants (ISBN 0891230777) and Native Texas Gardens (ISBN 0884155137). They live in Valdez, New Mexico.

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