With an estimated 50 million lawns in America, covering about 30 million acres of land, the environmental impact of overwatering, chemical fertilization, and pesticides is huge. Now you can enjoy the lushest patch of grass you've ever had, the sustainable way. No matter how much space you have to work with, here's how to make it your own.
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Smaller is better.
"Smaller lawns mean less mowing, less maintenance, and less chemical pollution," says Steve Adamson, owner of Livingscape nursery in Portland, Oregon. He recommends dividing up your outdoor space with "steppable" plants, like low-growing creeping thyme, in areas of high foot traffic, and native plants, which are already acclimated and don't need irrigation or fertilizer. To find out what's native to your area visit plantnative.org.
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