Lawn Transformations

Easy Care Yard - No Mowing!

Home ownership shouldn’t be a burden chasing an advertised landscaped “look” when a healthy environment can be both beautiful and easy care. Life is 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 was spilled by 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. Mowing also kills pollinators, 70% of which are ground-nesting. Turf installed over construction-compacted soils does very little to slow toxic stormwater runoff into Puget Sound. All this for an imported cultural expectation.

Native plants are adapted to our dry summers, wet winters and soils in the Pacific Northwest. They are 10-15 times more effective at attracting wildlife than introduced species, particularly the beneficial birds, butterflies, and native pollinators we can expect in our city environment. A well-designed native landscape can help insulate your home from harsh weather, reduce stormwater runoff, filter the air, reduce watering, fertilizing, and mowing maintenance. And, it can free up precious weekend time.

Garden Cycles can provide a rough-design sketch and yard consultation for $200. Lawn removal is spring/summer or fall, and installation is during winter planting season.


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