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Sustainable Fencing Ideas That’ll Make You Want to Ditch Man-Made Fences in Your Garden

By Elizabeth Waddington Photo: Jacky Parker , Getty Images
There is a common saying that good fences make good neighbors. Unfortunately, all too often, fences are things that divide us and diminish the environment, rather than improving things and bringing people together.

Meet an Ecologist Who Works for God (and Against Lawns)

By Cara Buckley Photo: Karsten Moran
If Bill Jacobs were a petty man, or a less religious one, he might look through the thicket of flowers, bushes and brambles that encircle his home and see enemies all around. For to the…

The First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All the Leaf Blowers

By Margaret Renkl Photo: Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images
Into these perfect October afternoons, when light gleams on the red dogwood berries and the blue arrowwood berries and the purple beautyberries; on the last of the many-colored zinnias and the last of the yellow…

California set to become first state to ban gasoline-powered lawn equipment

By Tik Root Photo: Cameron Carnes for The Washington Post
California is set to become the first state in the country to phase out gas-powered lawn equipment. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill Saturday that would require new small off-road engines (SOREs), used primarily…

California moves toward ban on gas lawn mowers and leaf blowers

By Phil Willon
The law requires all newly sold small-motor equipment primarily used for landscaping to be zero-emission — essentially to be battery-operated or plug-in — by that target date or as soon as the California Air Resources…

The human cost of a perfect lawn

By Valeria Paredes
Every year, 80 million pounds of pesticides are used on U.S. lawns to maintain attractive, lush greenery. In many cities across the country, Latinx immigrant workers are the primary labor force responsible for lawn care.…

Time for a charge

By Kim Lux
Landscape professionals like Wesley Hack are investing more and more into battery-powered equipment and aren’t turning back.

Yards with less grass and more plants help fight climate change

By Tik Root Photo: Dreamstime / MCT
Summer is officially here. For many Americans, that means blankets of grassy green for kids to play in. There are an estimated 40 million to 50 million acres of lawn in the continental United States…

Ditching grass could help your backyard thrive

By Tik Root Photo: Michael Parkin , The Washington Post
Summer is officially here. For many Americans, that means blankets of grassy green for kids to play in, or families to picnic on.

Lawn care is going electric. And the revolution is here to stay

By Tik Root Photo: Cameron Carnes
It was a few minutes past 6 a.m., and the sun had already started to boil the muggy Alabama air. Matt Harrison, 38, watched as his colleague backed the public works pickup truck into a…