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About Pam Penick
Pam Penick writes about gardening with can-do encouragement and how-to advice illustrated with gorgeous garden photos. Her award-winning blog, Digging, which has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Living, serves up regular posts on sustainable, water-saving gardening and design. As a designer and DIY gardener who's ripped out her share of turf over the years, she wrote "Lawn Gone! Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard" to help others who are eager to replace their own lawns with something better but just aren't sure how to begin. Her follow-up book, "The Water-Saving Garden: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden With a Lot Less Water," goes deeper into water-wise gardening techniques and design ideas and includes a list of 100 drought-tolerant plants for all regions of the country. Catch up with Pam at penick.net.
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Americans pour 300 million gallons of gas and 1 billion hours every year into mowing their lawns, not to mention 70 million pounds of pesticides and $40 billion for lawn upkeep. No Wonder the anti-lawn movement is thriving, as today's eco-conscious consumers realize that their traditional lawns are water-hogging, chemical-ridden, maintenance-intensive burdens. Lawn Gone!, from award-winning gardening blogger Pam Penick, is the first basic introduction to low-water, easy-care lawn alternatives for beginning gardeners, written in a friendly style with an approachable package. It covers all the available time-saving options: alternative grasses, ground cover plants, artificial turf, hardscaping, mulch, and more. In addition, it includes step-by-step lawn-removal methods, strategies for dealing with neighbors and homeowner associations, and how to minimize your lawn if you're not ready to go all the way.
With climate change, water rationing, and drought on the rise, water conservation is more important than ever—but that doesn’t mean your gardening options are limited to cacti and rocks. The Water-Saving Garden provides gardeners and homeowners with a diverse array of techniques and plentiful inspiration for creating sustainable gardens that are so beautiful and inviting, it’s hard to believe they are water-thrifty. Including a directory of 100 plants appropriate for a variety of drought-prone regions of the country, this accessible and contemporary xeriscaping guide is full of must-know information on popular gardening topics like native and drought-tolerant plants (including succulents), rainwater harvesting, greywater systems, permeable paving, and more.