Tapestry Lawns: Freed from Grass and Full of Flowers, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Tapestry Lawns

Freed from Grass and Full of Flowers, 1st Edition

By Lionel Smith

CRC Press

240 pages | 289 Color Illus. | 11 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780367144036
pub: 2019-05-31
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Lawns created without grass at inception have benefits over and above the ecosystem services currently associated with traditional lawns. They require far less management, less mowing resulting in low energy requirements and fewer emissions, attract more pollinating insects, and create a lawn ecosystem that is biodiversity rich. This book provides historical context to non-grass-based lawns (tapestry lawns); includes basic ecological background on how the format functions; and details how to create and maintain a grass-free lawn. It represents a next-step development for lawns within the framework of current ecological horticulture.

Table of Contents


1 ‘Lawn’ a word that is strangling itself

2 Tapestry lawns: form & functioning

3 Species roles in tapestry lawns

4 Wildlife

5 How to make one

6 Maintenance

7 Outcomes

8 Tapestry lawn plants

9 Other useful plant species

About the Author

Dr Lionel Smith received his PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Reading in 2014. He is currently Lecturer in Horticulture at Myerscough College, Lancashire, and lives in St. Anne’s-on-Sea.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General