Lawns occupy 128,000 square kilometers of the American landscape, an area roughly as big as the states of Virginia, Connecticut, Delaware, and Rhode Island combined. Over the past decade, I have become very interested in returning this area, the American lawn, to a more environmentally healthy, biologically diverse condition.
On this page you see examples of lawns I have designed and installed. My emphasis has been on reducing the amount of mowing — most of the lawns pictured here thrive with just a couple of mowings each summer — and on reducing the need for fertilizers and other chemical inputs.
The lawn pictured here with the German Shepherd was planted with a special mix of grasses and clover to accommodate the owner’s two dogs while still remaining green and lush; it’s still looking good in its 7th year.