Gerald Wheatley

We inherited our yard along with our house from the previous owners who now live two houses down the street. Their yard is entirely lawn-free and our yard has only a small strip of grass in the back.

Our front yard consists of local plants, enough shrub-sized conifers to keep it green in the winter and an explosion of life in the summer. There are flowers blooming all summer, from the crocuses in the early spring to others that bloom until October. Many of our plants were saved from a Hillhurst property that was being developed, helping to preserve the unique plants of a neighbourhood old-timer. Like many of our neighbours, we've also started taking over the boulevard so there's flowers there as well, replacing the boring grass.

Getting rid of the grass is as much convenience-motivated as it is for pesticides. Obviously pesticides are a bad idea and so the labour required for digging weeds from the lawn is just not worth it. Being pesticide-free is just part of the landscaping, based on using our compost to grow a more vibrant, interesting yard.