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Gardening Techniques

How to Get Your Lawn off Grass

A North American Guide to Turning Off the Water Tap and Going Native

by (author) Carole Rubin

Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.
Initial publish date
Feb 2002
Techniques, Landscape, Lawns
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2002
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On any list of the world's most pressing problems, water scarcity and water quality inevitably rank high. These issues and their related concerns often emerge in the major topics of the day, including Walkerton, free trade and globalization debates and drought.

Despite all the pessimism surrounding the future of the world's drinking water, many predicaments can be remedied with simple conservation methods. Home-based water conservation starts with How to Get Your Lawn Off Grass, the only North America-wide guide on how to convert your yard from a water-sucking source of pollution runoff to a flourishing, productive showcase of natural vegetation. While 1.3 billion people on the planet don't have access to safe drinking water, 60% of ours goes into conventional turf-grass lawns and ornamental, exotic gardens.

Runoff from chemical treatment of lawns and gardens has seriously compromised groundwater supplies everywhere in the United States and Canada. We have put garden cosmetics ahead of our health.

How to Get Your Lawn Off Grass teaches how to conserve water and prevent the pollution of groundwater. It covers how to cut, roll up and compost turf-grass lawn (and water-sucking, ornamental "exotic" garden plants) and how to replace them with gorgeous native ground covers: flowers, shrubs, trees and grasses that will need no fertilizers, no chemical controls for pests, no mowing and, after the first year, no watering. This is a vital publication for all North Americans who are concerned about water scarcity and water quality.

About the author

Carole Rubin's 1989 book How to Get Your Lawn and Garden Off Drugs sold over 20,000 copies and remains available through Harbour Publishing. Her work has appeared in Harrowsmith, Canadian Living and Lawn Care for Dummies, as well as a newspaper series on responsible living.

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Editorial Reviews

"...a North American guide to turning off the water tap and going native."
-Jan Degrass, Coast Reporter

Coast Reporter

"There's a lot to learn but if you take it on a step-by-step basis, both the workload and budget can be manageable."
-Randy Burton, The StarPhoenix

The StarPhoenix

"Carole Rubin's book is a real education for any gardener."
-The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

"Rubin not only advocates an end to traditional green lawns across North America, but also urges gardeners to select plants prudently."
-Sarah Jackson, The Olympian

The Olympian

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