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, and the fertilizers and pesticides required to keep lawns green further harms Puget Sound, salmon, orcas, and the people who eat salmon. All this for an imported cultural expectation.

Email to see if we have a wait list – we often need winter/spring work, but be prepared that a lawn transformation can typically run $3000+ for invasive/lawn removal, mulching, soil improvements, and planting. To do-it-yourself, here is a link to a Step-by-Step Guide, or to help manage other landscaping crews: Your Yard as Urban Forest.

Before: "Boring"

After: "Like a walk in Lincoln Park"

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