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Yanna Loam
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I used to have a lawn but now I have a permacultural landscape of swales and berms planted with perennial vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, fruit trees, berry bushes and native plants. I seldom water and rarely need to weed as I'm using a "living mulch" of low-growing mixed clovers. I've replaced 75% of the lawn so far. The remaining lawn area will become a potager with circular beds interspersed with compact black currant bushes. Some of the front yard and parkway plantings consist of rescued native prairie plants. A local high school had three restored prairies that were slated to become parking lots. The rescue effort was led by Wild Ones - a native plant advocacy group. Front Yard Before: http://i834.photobucket.com/albums/zz261/pelagiagardens/OriginalFrontYard2008.jpg Front Yard After: http://i834.photobucket.com/albums/zz261/pelagiagardens/FrontYardProject09-09015.jpg Yanna, What a great alternative to lawn!
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