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This American Lawn

My obsession with the native shortgrass prairie heats back up every Spring. This year I’m feeling it more than ever as I prepare about 500 square feet of bare dirt in our front yard for planting. Googling the phrase “this American lawn” led me to this piece in the Atlantic. Warning: lawn shaming to follow! Below are list of links from the article that make the case against the SAL (Standard American Lawn):

select magazine articles:

a book:

Noah’s Garden by Sara Stein (1995)

a podcast episode:

Lawn Order by Sam Greenspan on 99% Invisible

I plan to post a master reading list of inspiration for anyone looking to give their lawn a native makeover. Coming soon!

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