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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers; Original edition (Feb. 14 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086571682X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865716827
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #418,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many urban yards are essentially unproductive patches of grass, requiring constant attention for no return. Through sustainable, organic landscaping, these small or large plots of land can become part of the solution to today's environmental challenges.

Eco-yards supports the vision of a healthy, abundant planet in which beautiful, richly varied urban yards contribute to restoring the natural ecosystem. This inspiring and practical, well-illustrated manual includes clear, easy-to-follow instructions for:

  • designing and maintaining an eco-yard
  • making your yard water-wise
  • understanding basic soil science
  • replacing your lawn with tree, shrub and flower beds or hardy, low-maintenance grass
  • growing vegetables in the eco-yard

Visionary, hopeful and encouraging, Eco-yards is a must-read for anyone who wants to use environmentally sound practices when they garden, whether in a residential yard or on the balcony of a condo or high-rise apartment. If you're sick of the backyard battle, this book will show you how to work with nature instead of fighting it, using simple steps that apply practically anywhere to turn your yard into an eco-friendly sanctuary.

About the Author

Laureen Rama is a landscape designer whose lifelong passion is beautifying landscapes in ways that enhance the natural environment. She is the founder of Eco-yards, which provides natural landscape design, installation, consultation, and education in Calgary, Alberta. Laureen has also worked as an international development educator, public involvement consultant, and a management consultant specializing in creativity.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JK on June 18 2011
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Full of information and ideas on low cost, do-able organic gardening for home gardeners. Contains before and after photos of lawns converted to gardens on suburban properties. The book covers everything from improving drainage and making your own topsoil (instead of buying the expensive stuff in bags)to garden design, lawn conversion (to flowers/shrubs) and growing your own vegetables. I originally borrowed this book from the library and loved it so much I had to have my own copy. I do a lot of gardening and have a lot of gardening books. This is one of the best.
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So much has happened since the first Earth Day (22 April, 1970) and for those too young to remember participating (Gen X and beyond), I wish I'd have been more active/proactive all this time. It's not difficult, every change helps, and I'm doing what I can to make up for that lost time. Thank you for reminding me...ra.


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