Friday, June 02, 2006

52 Reasons To Stop Mowing 39 Ways To Help Trees


Please print on 100% cotton, rice, recycled, or scrap paper.. in Thailand paper is being made from elephant dung..

Ron Howard, director of A Beautiful Mind and many other films,made his first film at age 8.. an anti mowing film which showed the nature of mowers' attacks on lawns.

In 2003 through now, the world has seen floods, famine, fire, mudslides, hurricanes, tornados and other disasters created by the unprecedented destruction of trees around the world. Trees are nature's weather stabilizers. We need trillions of trees.. new trees.


GROW FREE FOOD .PREVENT MOWER ACCIDENTS .PROTECT SAPLING TREES .CREATE OXYGEN .SAVE TIME . CONSERVE FUEL .SAVE MONEY .GUARD FREEDOM .INVOKE RAIN. STABILIZE WEATHER PATTERNS . STOP MUDSLIDES .BUFFER NOISE. PREVENT FLOODS .FOSTER WILDLIFE HABITAT . FILTER AIR in the order of importance)In the last few years the EPA has joined theenvironmental groups promoting nonmowing. Their site is .. type in 'natural landscaping' in search tobring upmany sites. The Green Party and many Libertarians also support nonmowing. In June of 2002, NPR reported that the Congressional Black Caucus has a better record than either white Democrats or white Republicans in environmental issues.
1. REFORESTATION When one stops mowing, land becomes meadow and then thicket and then woods. reforesting the world.

2. OXYGEN CREATION This extra greenery creates oxygen. The average tree creates 5 pounds of oxygen daily.

3. AIR PURIFICATION More greenery purifies the air through leaf filtration a.particulate matter b. car fumes c. noxious gases d. other airborn toxins. Removal of carbon dioxide by plants ameliorates pollution. Benzopyrene is created not
only by charcoal broiling of animal flesh and by cigarette smoking but by the
mower and car.

4. TEMPERATURE STABILIZATION Warms the world's winters and cools the summers. There is a 50 degree difference between 70 degree equatorial rainforest and 120 degree desert. Each blade of grass is a little air conditioner. A world without drought, flood, famine, freezes, and killer heat can be eliminated by literally covering the world with trees.

5. RAIN INVOCATION Greenery calls down rain. Bayard Webster of the NY Times wrote that each mature tree evaporates 40 gallons of moisture daily (much greater amounts for older trees.) All greenery is involved in the raincycle.The drought and consequent starvation in N. Korea was related to the cutting of nearly all trees for fuel.

6. DEW PRESERVATION More plants preserve dew. Not only do greenspires and leaves act as masts around which dew can gather, but the more greenery the longer the dew lasts.

7. NOISE BUFFER Leaf volume weaves a noise buffer which screens out unpleasant traffic
Ends the peace-fracturing sound of the lawnmower. Some communities have noise ordinances which prevent mowing during normal sleeping hours.
Multiplies the beauty of diversity
Multiplies the fragrance in the air.
11. HEALING GREEN Nonmowing creates optical healing bycreating more greenery. Research has proven that looking on the jadeand forest greens reduces heartbeat and creates peace.
12. LANDFILL ECONOMY Letting lawns grow wild reduces pressure not adding leaves to overburdenedsystems (and saves the fuel and wages of collectionreleasing workers for the labor of their hearts). (NPR Sept 1:methanegases leach from landfill through water into basements) As the worldevolves away from treekilling, sawdust piles which are a byproductof the lumber industry will be removed, making the earth safer forchildren.
13. FUEL CONSERVATION Conserves fuel a. unused inunused mowersb. As evergreen trees break cold winter winds andshroud dwellings they are natural insulation.
14. HYDROCARBON REDUCTION Prevents hydrocarbon moweremission from polluting the air. Many media outlets are passing ontheEPA recommendation that lawns not bemowed when there is great humidity and heat. Hydrocarbons createozonealerts.
15. CARBON DIOXIDE Greenery which takes in carbondioxide and breathes out oxygen reduces gases toxic to humans.
15a. METHANE petroleum and toxic gases are purified by leaf action.
16. TORNADO PREVENTION Unstable heat is the mainfactor in tornados. Greenery which reduces the temperature 30 degreesin forest areas prevents tornados.
17. MUDSLIDE PREVENTION: The roots of living plantsabsorb great amounts of water and prevent mudslides.
18. FLOOD PREVENTION:A. On river banks and everywhere, tree, plant, bush,and vine roots are flood preventers. As David Kidd of Canton, planterofmore than a million trees has stated, the bigger and older the treethemore work it does. (The 900 year old oaks with their huge diametersare a lot more precious to Mother Earth than skinny young trees. B. Ohio Public Radio David C. Barnett Sept 9th: reported on reductionof impervious surface by reducing concrete and addinggreenery. (The hard asphalt, concrete, and rooftops create morerunoff and flooding.) C. Bricks and stones in roads are better for theenvironment than are concrete and asphalt. They allow rain through the inter-brick space and have less blistering heat. Angel strips not devilstrips (Planting grape trellises over highways re-greens theearth and creates food.)
19. PREVENT DESERTIFICATION Only reforestation canprevent desertification. This is the conclusion of Patrick Velasquezof US Agency For International Development and most other environmentalists. We used to think a pine cone was one seed, but apparently it is hundreds.
20. REDUCE CHEMICAL POLLUTION: Radio network show Public Interest October 7 featuring Rodale author: Chemically treated lawns are grass high on drugs.: Fertilizer has toxic byproducts forthe land and water. Rodale, Emmaus Pennsylvania, USA 18049 is oneleader in the organic movement.
Green island sanctuaries of unmolested plants,insects, and wildlife are a protection against the biotechmanipulationsof the environment.
22. WATERSHED PROTECTION The more greenery, plants, vines, trees, and bushes..the more the watershed, reservoirs, and lakes and ponds, brooks andstreams are protected.a. Arsenic is a byproduct of the pressed woodindustry. Arsenic is poisonous in the waters, and likeother industrial pollutants such as mercury, chromiumand polychlorinated biphenols is concentrated in the flesh of fishes.
23. BIODIVERSITY Nonmowing or letting God be the landscaper createsbiodiversity and its many benefits (and benefirs) rather thanmonoculture. (Loggers last year caused the death of David Chain,Earth First tree activist. Write efmc@a... or call 707 923 2114Andy Caffrey)
24. FIRE PREVENTION In March of 2001, widescale drought in the NW had been reported. Destruction of greenery is one cause of this. Trees'evaporation is necessary in cloud formation. Fires have
destroyed untold tens of thousands
of square miles of green beings
and resident animals.
Fruit and nut trees with grape and
bean vines spaced among the trees
can yield 450,000 lbs. per acre. Ted
Steinberg writes that in the US
alone an area the size of Florida
is devoted to unproductive lawns.
26. WATER CONSERVATION: Unmowed areas do not need watering.. they are self contained systems. Nor do they need recycling. Most lawns
are watered for growth
and then the growth is cut and
27. INSECTICIDE PREVENTION: Carpet lawn enthusiastspollutethe environment with insecticides in some cases.

II HUMAN RIGHTS: (Numbers 19 through 42)

1. FEEDING THE HUNGRY: FOOD CREATION Prevents famineby giving a cornucopia of free food to the planet Orchards are 450times as productive per acre as slaughterhouses..Dr. Faust,former chief of the USDA Fruit Labs, cited centenarian orchards ofapple trees dropping two tons each of food. This is 400,000 lbs peracreas compared to 100 to 1000 lbs of food for meat, 10,000 lbs fordairy, 80,000 lbs. for acre. The 400 to l ratio is only the firststep. Trilevel agriculture.. with bean and other vines around thetree trunks and other foodyielding plants in the interarborealspaces.. yield even more. This also can be multiplied by those areaswhich have 2 or 3 growing seasons..e.g. Southern California. Becausecertain economic systems promote scarcity based profit, these orchardsystems have been deemphasized.
2. PREVENTION OF DEATH AND INJURY 2a. Prevents in the U.S. alone, 75,000 accidents and some fatalities annually caused bymowers and harvesters, and around the world millions of accidentseliminated. NPR reported May 17, 2002 that tractor rollovers are the leading cause of death among farmers, and that farming in general is the 2nd most hazardous occupation (after commercial fishing).
2b. Ravines are generally more protected from mowing,as there is wider recognition of the danger of mowing.
2c. When grass is mowed on hillsides, when wet orexceedingly dry it can cause slipping accidents.
2d, There have even been drownings
from lawnmower accidents as teens
and adults drop into unseen septic
2e. One of every 5 lawnmower or
machine harvester deaths, says
the Consumer Product Safety
Commissions, involves a child. Lawnmowers cause death through laceration and
amputation, through drowning as rideon mowers tip people into lakes, through burns,
through projectile rocks, stones, metal shot out by a 3.5 lb. blade rotating at 4000 revolutions
per minute etc. (the last sentence is from American Green by Ted Steinberg)
3. PREVENTION OF HEART ATTACKS As non shoveling ofsnow can prevent winter heart attacks nonmowing can sometimespreventsummer heart attacks.
4. FREEDOM Health departments are reducing the forcedcrewcutting of lawns and the rending ofMother Nature's garments . See below for further info.
5. EMPTY JAILS Saves money otherwise spent on jailing people (seeabove)
6. PRIVACY Creates a privacy screen. Ways to avoidgrass (a transitional plant unless land is constantly mowed) includea. pachysandra b. myrtle and other ground cover c. grape vinetrellises d. evergreen trees and shrubs as natural fences e.berry bushes as natural boundaries.
7. HERBAL REMEDIES Nonmowing allows healing extracts and seeds to flourish, e.g. milkthistle seeds, which regenerate cirrhosis-afflicted livers. The active ingredient is silymarin. (Herbology studentembyrne@s... is a non mower) Work against those who seek to patentthe world's pre-existing seeds. (see Monsantofile.)
8. KEEPS WASPS FRIENDLY prevents wasp stings and hiveattacks as their homes are destroyed.
9. ECONOMICS a. saves money otherwise spent on fuel b. Saves money otherwise spent on young trees.c. Fruit trees ave money spent on food.
Seth Godin says 17 billion a year
is spent on this waste.
10. TIME ECONOMY frees human time hours for enjoyablepriorities a. no petroleum procurement time, no mowing time, no rakingtime.
11. AMERICAN HERITAGE: The Native American culturenever spent time mowing Mother Earth. Her green cover is her garment.Lawn mowing is a fairly recent thing. The original lawn mowers weresheep and other animals later slaughtered for their flesh. The TimeLifeGardening Yearbook mentions the 'chipped monotypiclayer of bluegrass', the crewcut which is called alawn. Other ecologists speak about the hazards of monoculture.
12. FREE CONCERTS Cicadas and crickets will give freeconcerts, as will woodpeckers, songbirds whose habitats are restored.Fireflies will put on silent fireworks. Buttercupswill save chalices of dew for butterflies who in turn will coolthe earth with the slight breeze from their fanning wings.
13. WEED KILLER OR HERBICIDE use (Diane Rehm Show Sept1) causes childhood and other environmental pollutant basedcancers. Some leaches into the water system. Some is directly smearedonto skin.
14. INSECTICIDE BASED CANCERS: Insecticides weredeveloped as weapons in WW 2. At the end of the war, chemicalcompanies wanted new markets. These insecticides cause cancer. (NPRSept 1) Animal products concentrate insecticides at 21 times theintensity they occur in fruits and vegetables, since a 1000 lb.cow ate 21,000 lbs. of food with nondegradable insecticides remainingin the muscle cells.
While the chief physical cause of asthma
is the mucus lining in the respiratory
tract created by meat, fish and dairy
products and the prime spiritual
cause is fear or emotional stress,
land allowed to grow gradually
into fields and then thickets and
finally woods provides less pollen.
16. HEALING: Studies of recovering gall bladder patients reveal that those looking on a garden heal faster than those not. (BJ 6 6 2000) There are now herbal therapists at Univ of Kansas, Rutgers, Texas A&M, and Virginia Tech. Those who look on living green have reduced blood pressure. The plant yarrow makes children in its proximity less agressive within a few moments. An ancient vedic parable says that to be healed one should look upongreen. Rather than paint the world that color, a sage says'put on green glasses'. (The best green glasses are living in an environment of green.)
(Plant rights advocates to not support
the killing of plants for herbs.)
There has been at least one shooting
caused by an irate reaction to
the noise of the lawnmower.
(Above are reasons 19 through 36)
Is it a form of control freakdom
to want to mow down what God
Countless fights have been caused when someone's mower cuts down
his neighbor's flowers or shrubs.
20. HERBICIDES used by ChemLawn
and other lawn treatment companies
are poisoning the earth's waters,
causing cancer deaths to people,
animals, fishes, and plants.
21. BOREDOM Lawns are boring.
22. THE USE OF ILLEGALS IN LANDSCAPING exploits them, condemning them
to a. dangerous work b. in inclement weather c. monotonous work (from the book
American Green by Ted Steinberg)
23. THE USE OF ILLEGALS IN LANDSCAPING is a form of unionbusting which harms
the labor movement.
24. CHILD ABUSE The high rate of emergency room visits with some fatalities
for children caused the city of Louisville Kentucky a while ago to pass an ordinance
that no one under 18 could mow a lawn with a power motor.



1. WILDLIFE HABITAT Reprovides a home for wildlife,both those not endangered and those which are.Keeps birds from flying away when the power motors are started.
2 ANIMAL RIGHTS Protects insects, redwinged blackbirdsand other living creatures nesting in ground cover, and preventsthe mastication deaths of millions of small fieldanimals chewed up in harvesters.. (Sometimes the tiny feet of theseanimals can be seen in cans of food.) In Numbers 22, God causes a donkey to speak about the beatings of her human 'owner'.Along Lake Michigan in parts of Chicago are new signs indicating not mowing is done to give birds long grasses in which to nest.
3 PRESERVE WILDLIFE FOOD SUPPLY: Not removing acorns leaves food for squirrels and other wildlife during the winter as well as providing new sapling oaks in the spring. Not removing leaves provides more thermal shelter for northern animals.
4. SONGBIRDS ATTRACTED TO WILD AREAS...............James Marcus: Dandelions: they must be God's favorite flower for He plants them everywhere.


1 PLANTS' RIGHTS Protect the rights of sentient plants whose feelingshave been documented by Dr. Chandra Bose, knighted by theQueen of England for his laboratory measurement of plantconsciousness. Other scientists who have proven or written of plantconsciousness ares are Clive Baxter, Luther Burbank, The Secret Life Of Plants writers,, the owner to whose rights, Isaac Tigrett, sold all the Hard Rock Cafes he founded after becoming a vegetarian.
Pachysandra, myrtle, snow on themountain,and camomile are some ground covers which do not offend moreconservative neighbors.
2: WILDFLOWER SANCTUARY Those like Lady Bird Johnsonwho have worked to foster protection of wildflowers know thenecessityof more wild places.
3: ENDING BOTANICAL RACISM E.Woodford is the first person who has spoken of botanical racism. This phrase means different things to different people. To us it means that weeds have as much right to exist as do plants with cultivated blooms.The spirit-filled volunteers called weeds are usually stronger, more and more prolific than cultivated plants.
1. Mother Earth blesses those who abandon controlling and manipulating her.
2. God does not like lawnmowers. (Joel 1: The land mourns the destruction of plants.) (Isaiah: Break not the bruised reed.)
3. George Bernard Shaw: I love little children, but I don't cutoff their heads and stick them in vases.IF YOU WILL JOIN THE EVERGREEN NETWORK PLEASE EMAIL USSO AT freelibrary27@y... There is no financial, action, orother obligation. In an editorial on March 19, 1977, the WashingtonPosteditorialized:"the tall grass can only benefit the citizens who seekthe beauty of Rock Creek Park". That year the NationalPark Service instituted a 'meadows' program to let some areasreturn to nature. The Post mentioned the federal court casevictory of an Akron citizen who fought the city's compulsorylawnmowing ordinance. "Nature is ready to cooperate.Some citizen cooperation is next." In addition the Post's RichardCohen reported on a lawn mowed by a guinea pig named Bijou.Phil Shenon of the New York Times has covered no-mow activistssuch as Alice Herrington, then president of Friends ofAnimals. The BBC, NPR, and Australian Broadcasting are someinternational networks which have covered theadvantages of nonmowing. The Los Angeles Times also editorialized infavor of not mowing. The Atlanta Constitution outlined reasonsnot to mow in an article by Lewis Regenstein. Omni Magazine, TheChristian Science Monitor, Organic Gardening, AnitaManning of USA Today, Vegetarian Times, OMNI magazine, Germannewspapers, and many other publications have promotedthe idea of nonmowing.Patrick Velasquez of the US Agency For InternationalDevelopment studied Senegalese forest. He said the cost ofplanting other country exotics there was $25 to $50 per tree,with 19% survival rate whereas natural regeneration (which occursfromnonmowing) is free. The USDA in 1998 has signed onto the NationalWildlife Federation's Backyard Conservation plan.. whichencourages people to let the area behind their homes grow wild forthesake of the environment.Even these corporate media and hunting promotiongroups are promoting the environment. 'Corn on the curb' is anincreasingly visible thing.

(poster apologizes that this article is not more international
in reference)
The Spanish poet Lorca,assassinated byFranco:"They cut timber and lioness teats as easily as if they were bakingbread". Sterling North: We are but the ephemera of the moment,the brief custodians of redwoods which were ancient when Christ wasborn. Recently the governor of one of the largest states in thecountrypromised to plant l million trees in his state andsaid that trees, do indeed, call down rain. (Those areas with themostdevastation this winter from icestorms, mudslides, flood and tornadowere for the most part places which had cut downtens of thousands of trees in the last 20 years.). The Nicaraguan Network Environmental Task Forcecalls on multinationals to stop devastating Atlantic forests.. linkedtoHurricane Mitch-The bombing of Afghanistan has been a factor in the trees which invoke rain were destroyed and river coursesaltered. Napalm burned the trees of Vietnam. At presentherbicides are being dropped in Colombia and Ecuador borders.Richard St Barbe Baker convinced Franklin Roosevelt, US president, toplant billions of trees.Garrison Kieler of Prairie Home Companion recently wrote a pieceabout a family which had decided not to mow.Other sites: city of Takoma Park, Maryland is one of many communitiesor countries which prohibit the cutting of trees of a certainage without a permit. India, Thailand .. which has bannedall lumber.. the UK are some tree respecting countries.)-


Why is the area of most heat and light, theequator, only 70 degrees in equatorial rainforest and 130 degrees intemperate zone desert? Trillions of Trees. Trees as nature's weatherstabilizers, trees, accounting for a 60 degree difference betweenrainforest on the equator and temperate zone desert, have been felledat an unprecedented rate. Harming trees causes fire, flood, famine,tornado and hurricane. 29 ways to help trees:
1. plant trees Work for city, state, country and UN tree planting
2. stop mowing websites have files on not mowing
3. eat tree products.. fruits and nuts.. say yes to orchard growers
4. build with stone stucco brick and block not wood. You will a.prevent termite destruction nonviolently, b save the $,time, and environmental damage of paint, c have natural insulationwith its energy savings, d. prevent rotting woode. have better insulation in summer & winter f. end thedisease related to living near the mold from rotting wood g.reduce the arsenic in the watersystems, flowing in from pressedwood factories and h. have increasing rather than decreasing equityin your home. Use natural barriers such as bushes, or chain link,rather than wood fencing.
5. cancel daily newspaper..and magazines and newsletters printedon felled trees, as 72% of the young have get your news on the web Daily newspapers account for trillions oftrees slaughtered annually and most promote anti environmentcorporations.
6. Print on cotton, recycled or scrap paper in downloading
7. Use a water spray instead of toilet paper
8. Buy food naturally packaged.. nuts in nut shells,bananas inpeels.. buy in bulk. Fruit is nature's most perfectly packaged food.How many trees go into cereal boxes
9. Use canvas bags for shopping.. neither plastic nor paper
10. Stop eating meat, since cutting forests for cattlegrazing is a major cause of deforestation.. Animal fleshyields a maximum of 1000 lbs an acre. Tri level agriculture (fruittrees, vines and fruit bearing plants) yields over 450,000 lbs. peracre.) Meat's trioxypurine is more addictive than caffein'sdioxypurine.
11. Work for peace.. work for an end to giving 10 million a dayto violent governments, for the outlawing of membership on armsmerchant boards by government officials (Lynne Cheney on the board of Lockheed which wants to keep a 70 billion dollar planecontract) and elsewhere radically affecting weather patterns.. work for an end to CIA, Army and other weathermanipulation. In 1972 Seymour Hersh reported in the NY Times the CIA's attempts through cloud seeding to cause flooding in N Vietnam. [url]
12. Save fruit seeds and scatter them in wild places The average evaporation of mature trees is 42
gallons a day..which becomes mist, then clouds, and then rain,
eliminating drought.
13. Buy books and greeting cards published on cotton, rice, or other
nontree paper.
14. Purchase furniture which is used and refurbish it
or buy metal furniture with cotton padding. There are many nontree
furniture options. The furniture, lumber, and construction businesses
have lobbied for the cutting down of US forests, whereas the UK, some
cities in Maryland and California require a permit to cut down
old trees.
15. Vote out earth abusers.. Vote out the GOP which sometimes
receives 10 times the political contributions from earth abusers
that any other party receives. Vote in
Democrats or Greens or Libertarians depending on the situation (in some instances)
16. Avoid fast food places which deforest for their
packaging and create litter which fills dumpsites and requires
labor pickup
17. visualize sun and green trees everywhere
18. pray
19. Outlaw junk mail (as telemarketers have been). File a form with
the main post office in your area. Return to sender. The GOP & junk
mailers are requiring you to subsidize their treekilling and
invasive practices as your postal rates go from 34 cents to
37 cents, an 8.1 cent inflation rate.
20. Recycle cardboard cartons at commerical establishments. Recycle
your own scrap paper.
21. Replace the purchase of dead Christmas trees which
cause many fires annually.. with artificial trees.. or
living ones planted each year in the year. Oregon is the biggest
Christmas tree killer with 7 billion a year in slaughter sales.
22. Save seeds of trees, vines, bushes, plants and
scatter them where mowing does not occur
23. Ban the cutting of trees entirely as Thailand has
down.(The United Kingdom has banned the cutting of trees
after they reach a certain width.. while Takoma Park Maryland in
the US and other cities have required a permit to cut older
trees. The United States is still a land of skinny trees, because
of present control of the Forest Svc. and National Park Service
by lumber mining oil and cattle interests) In Mumbai elephants
are threatened by logging, as well as by poaching and war.
24. Stop through lawsuits, networking etc. the 'controlled fires'
deliberately set by the US Park
Service and the Forest Svc... fires which often are made more lethal
by the unpredictable wind.. fires which at their best destroy
trees, animals, insects.
25. Work for workplace, home, library and other printouts
on cotton, recycled, or the back sides of already printed paper.
26. stop the control of national and state executive branch,
legislatures and courts by corporate contractors
27. network with other environmentalists
28. Disinvest mutual funds, pension funds from earth abusing
corporations such as Georgia Pacific and other tree killers.
29. Replace paper towels with washed cotton rags.
30. Contact the USPO to give you a Direct Marketing Assoc. form
.. which will stop both commercial and nonprofit junk mail
delivered to your home
ADVO is the world's largest junk
mailer, killing trees both at the
beginning and at the end as
trees are bulldozed to make more
landfill in which to put ADVO junk
31. Fax gives trees the ax... phone and email are more direct
32. Toilet paper used for urine only can be put in paper
please boycott insurance companies which mandate
the killing of trees... (sometimes land speculators buy homes
just long enough to put them on the market and profiteer
from the sale... after axing centenarian trees...
health departments too have joined in this anti health measure)
34. Legislate underground power lines to save trees. This is
done in several countries in Europe.
35. Clearcutting lumber and mining
companies have caused flash
floods around the world. One such
began over the destruction of
5000 homes near Beckley W. Va.
36. Lumber companies have put
a variety of poisons into the waters.
37. Lumber companies have
caused fires from dust accumulation
such as the one occurring in
Schofield Wisconsin in Oct. of 2005.
Fire chief Doug Jennings: "It is
my belief (the fire was caused by)
a dust explosion."
Using metal spiral staircases
rather than wooden ones. Building with metal, stone, stucco, brick, block reinforced
concete protects from fire, termites, the need to paint, keeps houses from floating away in floods
or being shattered by hurricanes,
39. Both a UN and a UK government
report link cattle ranches and dairy
products to global warming,
as they come from the removal
of trees.

Raking leaves
1. wastes time 2. fills landfills 3. costs communities money
4. removes blanketing leaves from Mother Earth during winter
5. removes nuts which feed squirrels RFK suing the EPA over Buckeye in Ohio
which is giving cattle parts to chickens Rainforest Action Network puts huge bins in parks
and elsewhere to collect newspaper, magazine, junk mail
and other paper waste

Father Mother God make the earth warm where it is cold
and cool it down in Indian areas in which it is too
hot. Make earth weather gentle and nonviolent now and forever.
Cause all to obey Your commands not to kill animals.. not to
kill plants. Genesis 1 29

houses built with wood do not last in a tornado
as well as brick, stone, stucco, block homes

wood houses are painted.. painters often dump
their leftover toxins into the streams

Court Cases, Books, Links


In 1976 a federal court in Cleveland
Ohio ruled that the Akron Health
Department's forced mowing of
a woman's lawn violated her
1st Amendment freedom of religion
since it is impossible to mow without
killing beings. Attorneys William
Whitaker and Beverly Rose wrought
a $500 judgment against the
Health Dept.

Staff of the pre Bush EPA of Chicago (Atty Rappoport
and others) have developed supportive
briefs for those wishing to challenge
compulsory mowing ordinances.


In 2006 Ted Steinberg, an
environmental historian in Cleveland,
published American Green. 4 of the 52 reasons not to mow are based on thoughts
from his book.

The Wild Lawn Handbook: Alternatives to the Traditional Front Lawn
by Stevie Daniels

A number of newspapers
and magazines have done
stories on not mowing. Lew Regenstein
wrote an article for the Atlanta
Constitution, Richard Cohen for
the Washington Post, whlie
Organic Gardening published
a version of this post.


CALMM of Takoma Park Maryland
works to promote lawn alternatives.
Takoma Park is also a tree protecting

The National Wildlife Federation
which promotes the killing of animals
by hunters nevertheless also
promotes wildlife habitat, with
special emphasis on making the back
yard wild.

The Fruitarian Network of Akron Ohio
works for all aspects of plant rights
and nonviolence.

Food Not Lawns and Wild Urban Gardeners not an endorsement of NWF hunting

Robert Frost, Robert Redford, Ted Steinberg & Others

Utah resident Robert Redford said Ohioans are really into lawnmowers. This
is still true of a majority of landowners,
but Ohioans have won federal and local court victories
against compulsory lawnmowing.
Alice Herrington, deceased president
of Friends of Animals: re her unmowed
acreage: 'the bunnies like it'.
Femka R: Our Serbian trees were
burned in bombing by the US government.
4 of the 52 items were inspired by American Green, a book by
Ted Steinberg, Cleveland environmental historian said (re the American
obsession with a crewcut layer
of monotypic chipped blue grass)
"Long Island or Lawn Guyland as it
is sometimes called."

(While scythes too can kill toads
and butterflies and sapling trees,
they don't kill as many as machine
The Scythe Book: Mowing Hay, Cutting Weeds, and Harvesting Small Grains, With Hand Tools (Paperback)
by David Tresemer

Edward G Bulwer-Lytton:

"Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem."
Stephen King in The Lawn Mower Man:

"The neighbor's dog chased the cat under the mower...
they cleaned off the blades. Harold decied to get rid of the mower."

.... "the mower spat out the mole..
in a series of entrails"

"The lawnmower was tearing through the unfortunate grass like an
avenging devil from hell."
Walt Whitman:
We are the journeywork of the stars, no less than the leaves of grass."

Seth Godin:
The reason for a lawn? To demonstrate wastefulness. A lawn tells your neighbors you can afford to waste land, waste water and have a team of servants to keep it all pretty.. 17 billion
a year business
Frank Hyman:
"Aside from the costs, some folks have more of an aesthetic opposition to lawns. They consider them boring."
"I come here not to bury the American lawn, but to shrink it."

Cyberspace Anon:

Now let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will grow. And when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?

Robert Frost has several poems
on not mowing:


I went to turn the grass once after one
Who mowed it in the dew before the sun.
The dew was gone that made his blade so keen
Before I came to view the levelled scene.
I looked for him behind an isle of trees;
I listened for his whetstone on the breeze.
But he had gone his way, the grass all mown,
And I must be, as he had been -- alone,
'As all must be,' I said within my heart,
'Whether they work together or apart.'
But as I said it, swift there passed me by
On noiseless wing a bewildered butterfly,
Seeking with memories grown dim o'er night
Some resting flower of yesterday's delight.
And once I marked his flight go round and round,
As where some flower lay withering on the ground.
And then he flew as far as eye could see,
And then on tremulous wing came back to me.
I thought of questions that have no reply,
And would have turned to toss the grass to dry;
But he turned first, and led my eye to look
At a tall tuft of flowers beside a brook,
A leaping tongue of bloom the scythe had spared
Beside a reedy brook the scythe had bared.
The mower in the dew had loved them thus,
By leaving them to flourish, not for us,
Nor yet to draw one thought of ours to him.
But from sheer morning gladness at the brim.
The butterfly and I had lit upon,
Nevertheless, a message from the dawn,
That made me hear the wakening birds around,
And hear his long scythe whispering to the ground,
And feel a spirit kindred to my own,
So that henceforth I worked no more alone;
But glad with him, I worked as with his aid,
And weary, sought at noon with him the shade;
And dreaming, as it were, held brotherly speech
With one whose thought I had not hoped to reach.
'Men work together,' I told him from the heart,
'Whether they work together or apart.'

(The Tuft Of Flowers was included in a 1929
collection of the world's most famous poems)

'Fred, where is north?'
'North? North is there, my love.
The brook runs west.'
'West-running Brook then call it.'
(West-Running Brook men call it to this day.)
'What does it think k's doing running west
When all the other country brooks flow east
To reach the ocean? It must be the brook
Can trust itself to go by contraries
The way I can with you -- and you with me --
Because we're -- we're -- I don't know what we are.
What are we?'
'Young or new?'
'We must be something.
We've said we two. Let's change that to we three.
As you and I are married to each other,
We'll both be married to the brook. We'll build
Our bridge across it, and the bridge shall be
Our arm thrown over it asleep beside it.
Look, look, it's waving to us with a wave
To let us know it hears me.'
' 'Why, my dear,
That wave's been standing off this jut of shore --'
(The black stream, catching a sunken rock,
Flung backward on itself in one white wave,
And the white water rode the black forever,
Not gaining but not losing, like a bird
White feathers from the struggle of whose breast
Flecked the dark stream and flecked the darker pool
Below the point, and were at last driven wrinkled
In a white scarf against the far shore alders.)
'That wave's been standing off this jut of shore
Ever since rivers, I was going to say,'
Were made in heaven. It wasn't waved to us.'
'It wasn't, yet it was. If not to you
It was to me -- in an annunciation.'
'Oh, if you take it off to lady-land,
As't were the country of the Amazons
We men must see you to the confines of
And leave you there, ourselves forbid to enter,-
It is your brook! I have no more to say.'
'Yes, you have, too. Go on. You thought of something.'
'Speaking of contraries, see how the brook
In that white wave runs counter to itself.
It is from that in water we were from
Long, long before we were from any creature.
Here we, in our impatience of the steps,
Get back to the beginning of beginnings,
The stream of everything that runs away.
Some say existence like a Pirouot
And Pirouette, forever in one place,
Stands still and dances, but it runs away,
It seriously, sadly, runs away
To fill the abyss' void with emptiness.
It flows beside us in this water brook,
But it flows over us. It flows between us
To separate us for a panic moment.
It flows between us, over us, and with us.
And it is time, strength, tone, light, life and love-
And even substance lapsing unsubstantial;
The universal cataract of death
That spends to nothingness -- and unresisted,
Save by some strange resistance in itself,
Not just a swerving, but a throwing back,
As if regret were in it and were sacred.
It has this throwing backward on itself
So that the fall of most of it is always
Raising a little, sending up a little.
Our life runs down in sending up the clock.
The brook runs down in sending up our life.
The sun runs down in sending up the brook.
And there is something sending up the sun.
It is this backward motion toward the source,
Against the stream, that most we see ourselves in,
The tribute of the current to the source.
It is from this in nature we are from.
It is most us.'
'To-day will be the day....You said so.'
'No, to-day will be the day
You said the brook was called West-running Brook.'
'To-day will be the day of what we both said.'

Re "Wild violet a very persistent weed in lawns"

they scotch these
purple fragilities
with thoughtless

It is because animals like sheep
and cows who graze and are
then slaughtered have
created clipped green that
animal enslaving countries
find mown areas esthetically

The state of Florida spends $30 million a year mowing medians and right of ways along highways," he said. "Wouldn't it be nice if we had something out here beside mowed grass? Why not turn them into water retention areas or at the very least natural vegetation that does not need mowing? I'm actually working on that one." a Floridian politician working on cutting spending

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for 2 years of threadkeeping

(Senator Evan Bayh's senator father Birch Bayh was one of untold millions injured
by a lawnmower)

Thursday, May 18, 2006
Lawn Dialogue


Imagine the conversation The Creator might have had with St. Francis on the subject of lawns:

God: Hey St. Francis, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there in the Midwest? What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistle and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect "no maintenance" garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But all I see are these green rectangles.

St. Francis: It's the tribes that settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers "weeds" and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.

God: Grass? But it's so boring. It's not colorful. It doesn't attract butterflies, birds and bees, only grubs and sod worms. It's temperamental with temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?

St. Francis: Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. The begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.

God: The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy.

St. Francis: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it... sometimes twice a week.

God: They cut it? Do they then bail it like hay?

St. Francis: Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

God: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?

St. Francis: No Sir. Just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.

God: Now let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?

St. Francis: Yes, Sir.

God: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.

St. Francis: You are not going to believe this Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

God: What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. Plus, as they rot, the leaves form compost to enhance the soil. It's a natural circle of life.

St. Francis: You better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.

God: No. What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter and to keep the soil moist and loose?

St. Francis: After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. The haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

God: And where do they get this mulch?

St. Francis: They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.

God: Enough. I don't want to think about this anymore. Sister Catherine, you're in charge of the arts. What movie have you scheduled for us tonight?

Sister Catherine: "Dumb and Dumber", Lord. It's a real stupid movie about.....

God: Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis.

Reprinted by permission of
El Ojo Del Lago News
Guadalajara, Mexico

- Mayor Mike Dixon posted a sign on the fence around his overgrown lawn. "There are more important things in life than tall grass," it reads. Dixon hasn't mowed his lawn since last year, and has declined offers from neighbors to cut the grass.

"He's just that type that likes to be his own person," said Martha Burns, a member of the Blackey City Council and the Blackey Improvement Committee. "He's always been like that."

Burns said she doesn't have a problem with the mayor's unkempt lawn.

"If he likes it like that, it's fine," she said. "... I kind of feel like maybe he is right. Maybe there are more important things than mowing grass."

Dixon's next-door neighbor, Jo Ann Walters, said the mayor is a fine man and a good neighbor who just doesn't intend to mow his yard.

"I've laughed about it," Walters said.

Neither the city of Blackey nor Letcher County has a law requiring residents to keep their lawns trimmed. Letcher County officials considered passing a nuisance ordinance two years ago, but decided against it.

Dixon, a psychology professor at Hazard Community College, said he has several reasons for letting his yard grow, including in remembrance of his late wife, Jane, who died of breast cancer in November.

"What I wanted to say was, 'yes, I let my yard grow up, but I'm still the same person. Let's talk about it,'" he said.

Dixon said people can save time and money by giving away their mowers like he did.

"I don't want to fight nature anymore," he said.

Dixon said flowers began popping up in his yard when he stopped pushing a mower across it. He said birds and squirrels also moved in.

"I don't know why we cut grass, but I do know that I like to sit here in the evenings and enjoy what we have in eastern Kentucky," Dixon said.

Dixon said he doesn't like to hear the buzzing sound of lawn mowers and weed cutters when he is trying to relax and enjoy his surroundings.

"I think I have scared a lot of people off," he said. "They probably think I am weird."


10:2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

10:3 For the customs of the people [are] vain: for [one] cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

10:4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

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