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8 Best Natural Alternatives to Growing Grass

Why grow grass when you could grow so many other things that are better for the planet? Not that grass isn't pretty to look at, or fun to play on - it can be. But grass comes with a big price tag. To …

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Cities Continue to Demonize Vegetable Gardens

From 2008 to 2009, home gardening increased from 36 million to 43 million households. It appears to be continuing its upward trend. As Mother Earth News puts it, "The worse the economy, the more peopl…

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Monsanto Charged with Chemical Poisoning

It’s not every day that we learn about a victory for Mother Earth.  But thanks to a 47-year old farmer and a French court there has been a victory against U.S. biotechnology giant Monsanto.  And, I'd …

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Is Your Body Roundup-Ready?

The Romans had lead. Victorian hat-makers had mercury. Our parents had cigarettes. We have Roundup. Thanks to the much-hated, genetically-modified corporation Monsanto and other herbicide manufacturer…

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Think About Replacing Lawns with Gardens

By Ramon Gonzalez, TreeHugger George Washington’s Mount Vernon was the first house in North America to incorporate a lawn into the landscape design. According to some estimates, 40 million acres …

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Ditch The Lawnmower – Hire a Flock of Sheep (video)

Did you know that the single most irrigated crop in the United States is a grassy green lawn? The US has acres and acres of lawn, and we spend about $40 billion annually on seed, sod and chemicals. Th…

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Skip the Lawnmower and Rent a Goat Instead (video)

We all know that lawnmowers are noisy and use gasoline from imported oil which leads to all kinds of bad things. Why not do it the natural way? Rent an eco-friendly goat. For as little as $1 a day …

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Keep off the Grass: Parenting at the Crossroads

As a relatively new homeowner, I have grown to hate my lawn. And as we know, hatred quickly turns to neglect as neglect turns into an expanse of dirt where there once was a verdant carpet of grass. …

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Flowering Lawns, No-Mow Lawns, Wildflower Lawns, and more

A "lawn" in my town is covered with blue and blooming forget-me-nots in the spring that takes your breath away with its beauty. Every time I see it I yearn for a lawn-free lawn. I yearn for low-growi…

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