Beautiful No-Mow Yards (Paperback)

50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives

By Evelyn Hadden

Timber Press, 9781604692389, 252pp.

Publication Date: March 6, 2012

List Price: 24.95*
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With Beautiful No-Mow Yards, you can transform your lawn into a livable garden and bring nature's beauty into your life!

What has your perfect green lawn done for you lately? Is it really worth the time, effort, and resources you lavish on it? Armed with encouragement, inspiration, and cutting-edge advice from award-winning author Evelyn Hadden, you can liberate yourself at last!

In this ultimate guide to rethinking your yard, Hadden showcases dozens of inspiring, eco-friendly alternatives to that demanding (and dare we say boring?) green turf. Trade your lawn for a lively prairie or replace it with a runoff-reducing rain garden. Swap it for an interactive adventure garden or convert it to a low-maintenance living carpet.

About the Author

National speaker and award-winning author Evelyn Hadden encourages property owners to convert unused, unloved lawns to more rewarding landscapes. She is a founder of, a partner at the lauded and provocative blog Garden Rant, and a founding member of the National Lawn Reform Coalition.

Praise For Beautiful No-Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives

“Novice and expert gardeners will find this well-written and engaging work, enhanced with color photos and other illustrations, useful for all sizes of projects.” —Library Journal
“With refreshing zeal, the author urges us to rethink our yards, helping us to see that a lawnless or a less-lawn landscape can fascinate us with its beauty, complexity, and variability.” —Publishers Weekly
“Hadden demonstrates how creatively rewarding it can be to forgo the fescue.” —Booklist
“Deeply inspirational to anyone looking to make their yards more interesting, more beautiful, and more wildlife-friendly.” —Garden Rant
“It has it all: A compelling rationale for ignoring the siren song of the ‘perfect’ lawn, inspirational stories from gardeners and designers enthusiastically embracing this timely trend, and step-by-step instructions for creating easy-care, planet-friendly patches of paradise.” —Fine Gardening
“Hands down one of the best garden writers I’ve had the pleasure of reading. I have a large library of gardening books, most with excellent content, but few rival the elegant and graceful prose of Beautiful No-Mow Yards.” —Blue Planet Garden Blog
“Deeply inspirational to anyone looking to make their yards more interesting, more beautiful, and more wildlife-friendly.” —
“Whether you are a designer, home gardener, wild-life enthusiast, or environmentalist, Beautiful No-Mow Yards is a must-have addition for your gardening library.” —Lawn Reform Coalition