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The landscaping revolution : garden with mother nature, not against her
Wasowski, Andy, 1939-
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Lincolnwood, Ill. : Contemporary Books, [2000]

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ix, 166 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
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In The Landscaping Revolution, award-winning gardening experts deliver a call to arms for gardeners searching for a better way to plant and maintain their gardens. The Wasowskis' landscaping approach for gardeners of any climate is environmentally friendly and promotes the use of native plants, natural alternatives to man-made chemicals, and easy-to-maintain landscape designs.

Author Notes

Andy Wasowski is a writer and photographer specializing in gardening and environmental issues. His work has appeared in such publications as The American Gardener, Fine Gardening, Wildflower, E Magazine, Sunset, Sierra, and Time-Life Books. A frequent speaker at gardening and environmental conferences and workshops nationwide, Wasowski has also been a commentator on NPR's "Living on Earth" and "The Cultivated Gardener."
Landscape designer Sally Wasowski is nationally recognized for her groundbreaking work in promoting the use and appreciation of native plants.

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Booklist Review

Today, gardening and environmental responsibility must go hand in hand, the authors assert. They urge gardeners to end what they call a "lemon landscape" --one that requires repeated watering, mowing, pruning, weeding, and ongoing applications of herbicides, pesticides, and artificial fertilizers. The Wasowskis give instructions on conserving water by Xeriscaping (using native plants that can exist on whatever rainfall the area gets naturally) and on using lawn alternatives such as buffalo grass and other ornamental grasses, moss, ground covers, shade trees, and perennials. The authors advocate a "naturalistic landscape" that puts an end to such chores as mowing, fertilizing, and edging. They also recommend plants that attract butterflies, birds, bees, and fireflies. All this will save gardeners time and money while benefiting the environment. The book contains 164 color photographs and 30 line drawings. --George Cohen

Publisher's Weekly Review

Advocates of native-plant gardening, the Wasowskis (Gardening with Native Plants in the South) call for a landscaping revolution that eliminates America's traditional broad expanses of labor-intensive lawns. The authors argue in economic terms, stating that turf and lawn maintenance "is a $27 billion a year industry--ten times more than we spend on school textbooks." Accepting that the greatest barrier to changing the traditional landscape arises from concern about neighbor disapproval and local zoning regulations, the authors provide guidance for making gradual landscaping changes. They offer suggestions of native plants for diverse micro-climates and specific regions of the U.S., demonstrating that gardening with nature can be less time-consuming than gardening against her, with results that are both aesthetic and interesting. Using groundcovers, native grasses and perennials adapted to a specific locale, the Wasowskis maintain, will also reduce the need for fertilizer and lower the risk of diseases and insect invasions. Photographs of landscapes, taken before and after renovation, and a comprehensive list of native plant societies add to the value of this book for gardeners who want to join the revolution but aren't certain how to begin. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

It is obvious when driving through any suburban neighborhood that the typical landscape usually consists of a turf lawn with some well-placed shrubs around the foundation. It is not as obvious that such traditional landscapes are often labor-intensive and a hazard to our environment. The authors have written a sensible book that explains how humankind, with its inherent need to maintain mundane order in the landscape, has instead created a planting scheme dependent on water, expensive maintenance equipment, and harmful pesticides. They then show how alternative measures, particularly using native plants and employing safe pest-management ideas, can better use our time and money as well as protecting our environment. The final section profiles individuals who have made a difference in their neighborhoods by using these methods and how some home contractors are ensuring preservation techniques when clearing land for home sites instead of the disastrous clear-cutting method so prevalent today. Full of useful and practical advice that will interest homeowners, this is recommended for public libraries.--Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-For the legions of suburban teens who are environmentally conscious, hate doing yard work, and have never made a connection between the two attitudes, this book can provide many epiphanies and perhaps even some ways to reconcile their differences with their parents. From its witty cover, featuring a fist raised against an army of lawn maintenance workers, to its appendix, which lists native plant organizations in every state, theory and practice are successfully melded in this passionate and highly entertaining polemic against conventional landscaping practices and aesthetics. The author points out with satisfaction that "natural" styles and methods of gardening and landscaping are the fastest-growing segment of the field, and clearly explains the reasons why. Every page features dramatic graphics, colorful photos, and cartoons. A variety of sidebars feature subjects ranging from sharp criticism of Merit Badge projects as currently defined by the Boy Scouts to a series telling the stories of "Landscaping Revolutionaries" such as lawyers, gardeners, and architects who are fighting successfully to make landscape practices more environmentally sound and wildlife-friendly. Numerous projects are suggested that would be feasible for teens to undertake, and readers converted to the cause might well be inspired to put some of these ideas into practice. For the rebel, the activist, and the nature lover, this book is not just delightful and inspiring-it's a persuasive and effective call to action.-Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 The Birth of the Lemon Landscapep. 7
It's Genetic!p. 9
Blame It All on Frankp. 13
Chapter 2 Your Lawn Has a Drinking Problemp. 17
The Rain Drainp. 18
Slaking That Thirstp. 20
It's Not Zero-Scape!p. 21
Chapter 3 There's Gotta Be a Better Way!p. 25
What a Native Plant Is ... and Isn'tp. 26
Provenance Is Not a City in Rhode Islandp. 28
Landscape Stylesp. 32
Myths and Misconceptionsp. 36
Chapter 4 The Natives Are Friendlyp. 37
Native Lawn Alternativesp. 38
The Rest of the Plant Palettep. 46
Chapter 5 Exotics: A Double-Edged Swordp. 65
A Bum Rapp. 66
Uncle Sam to the Rescue? Ha!p. 73
Chapter 6 Getting Off That Artificial Life-Support Systemp. 75
Upkeep Chores: A Comparisonp. 77
Chapter 7 Alternatives to Chemical Warfarep. 81
The Dark Side of 'Cidesp. 82
A Bad Solution to Our Population Explosionp. 84
Fighting Backp. 85
Pest Managementp. 86
How Safe Is Safe?p. 88
Chapter 8 Homogenize Milk, Not Landscapesp. 89
You Are Not Alone!p. 90
Cookie-Cutter Capitolsp. 92
A Yaupon Holly Is Not a Lollipopp. 96
Chapter 9 Where Have All the Fireflies Gone?p. 99
Our Bird-Brained Approach to Birdsp. 100
Giving Something Backp. 102
Solve One Problem, Create a Bigger Onep. 104
Plant It and They Will Comep. 104
Wild Gardens and Wilder Beasties?p. 106
Lions, Coyotes, and Bears, oh My!p. 108
Trade Frisbees for Firefliesp. 108
Chapter 10 Converting Your Yard ... and Your Neighborsp. 109
Scenario One: Converting from a Landscraped Lotp. 110
Scenario Two: Converting from a Conventional Landscapep. 112
Scenario Three: Converting from a Heritage Landscapep. 115
Chapter 11 This Time the Land Winsp. 117
How the Envelope Worksp. 119
Practicing What We Preachp. 123
Chapter 12 Weeding Out Bad Weed Lawsp. 127
What Is A Weed, Anyway?p. 128
The Land Ethicp. 129
Heroes of the Landscaping Revolutionp. 130
The Trend Toward Tolerancep. 131
Myths and Misconceptionsp. 133
Make Your Natural Landscape Acceptablep. 136
Chapter 13 Who's Afraid of Virginia Creeper?p. 137
Nature via the VCRp. 140
Goose-Stepping Gooseberries and Other Mythsp. 141
Should We Call Her Miss Quotes?p. 142
Chapter 14 The Fad That Won't Go Awayp. 147
The Best Is Yet to Comep. 148
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Centerp. 149
A Visit to the Old Neighborhood in 2035p. 155
Appendix Native Plant Information Resourcesp. 155
Bibliographyp. 159
Indexp. 161