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September 2013 picks for the Gardener

Author: Nancy Erdmann
Issue: September, 2013, Page 138

LAWN ALTERNATIVESIn Lawn Gone! Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard (Ten Speed Press), landscape designer Pam Penick suggests ways to reduce environmental waste by replacing lawns with a variety of appealing options. She addresses everything from ornamental grasses and groundcovers, to eco-friendly yards, artificial turf, paving and outdoor structures. Whether you have a green or a black thumb, you will find this book loaded with inspiration.

JUST ADD WATER Lee Valley makes it easy to create new plants from existing ones with Root Cups. The advantage of using these opaque containers over glass jars for rooting is that they block sunlight, which slows evaporation, keeping cups from drying out quickly. Also, the dark environment protects sensitive new roots from UV rays while discouraging algae growth in the water. Made from silicone, the dishwasher-safe cups come in two sizes and are available at
HOME-GROWN Designed for do-it-yourselfers, this easy-to-assemble raised planter from Contech Enterprises is just one of several from its line of Frame It All modular systems. The garden beds can be tailored to fit any size outdoor area. Versailles Sunburst (pictured) uses 16 curved composite wood grain timbers and eight joints; all are durable, rot-proof and will not lose their color over time. The only tool needed for assembly is a screwdriver. Find the line at

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