Lawn Transformations

Easy Care Yard - No Mowing!

Home ownership shouldn’t be a burden chasing an advertised landscaped “look” when a natural, Northwest landscape can both beautiful and healthy. Weekends are too short to waste time on noxious, noisy lawn mowing.

Two-cycle lawn mowers are extremely polluting: “One hour of mowing is the equivalent of driving 350 miles in terms of volatile organic compounds” (VOC’s). Gas mowers represent 5% of U.S. air pollution” counting 54 million Americans who mow their lawns each weekend. They spill over 17 million gallons of fuel each year while refueling – more than the Exxon Valdez – and in the normal course of use, older two-cycle engines release 25-30% of their oil and gas unburned… extremely toxic to the operator. If not for the exercise, mowing and blowing pollution would be quite unhealthy – we always wear respirators for small-engine brushcutting. Mowing also kills pollinators, 70% of which are ground-nesting. Turf installed over construction-compacted soils does very little to slow toxic stormwater runoff that harms Puget Sound, salmon, orcas, and the health of people who eat salmon. All this for an imported cultural expectation.

Garden Cycles is can’t always fit in small yard jobs given our large scale invasive removal in urban forests, but here is a link to a Do-it-Yourself Guide to help you or to help manage other landscaping crews: Your Yard as Urban Forest.

Email to get on our wait list – we often need winter/spring work in slow times, but be prepared that a lawn transformation can typically run $2000 to $5000 for invasive/lawn removal, mulching, soil improvements, planting, more if it’s on a steep slope. You may get bumped up our priority list if you can coordinate with neighbors to address common infestations, this helps maximize our efficiency and spreads the cost of a crew.

Before: "Boring"

After: "Like a walk in Lincoln Park"

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