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Your Eco-friendly Yard: Sustainable Ideas to Save You Time, Money and the Earth Paperback – August 12, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ (August 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440202427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440202421
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tom Girolamo has been practicing sustainable living for more than 15 years and is a highly sought-after speaker for many conservation groups, gardening societies and universities. He holds a B.S. in Forestry, as well as a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Permaculture Research Institute.

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I learned from this book and had fun reading it.
Thomas Parker
Numerous ideas and applications with items that I have in good supply.
Rick O.
Not a comprehensive textbook, but an enjoyable, practical quick read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Parker on July 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. It is one of those unusual books that doubles as a reference book or a fun read. Normally books that are useful as reference books are too dry to just sit down and be an enjoyable read. I learned from this book and had fun reading it. Now that I have had the pleasure of reading it, I will keep it on the book shelf as a definitive reference. Way to go Tom Girolamo!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erin L. Prais-hintz on July 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
Eco-friendly. It means different things to different people. Everything from cars to washing detergent to anything in between is being touted these days as Eco-Friendly.

What I think of as Eco-Friendly is a friend of the earth....someone who practices what he preaches....who cares for this place called Earth and shows that in every aspect of his living...who believes wholeheartedly in the truth that we are one people on one planet and we all must do what we can to make ourselves more sustainable while protecting and conserving our natural resources. That person is Tom Girolamo.

I have heard Tom Girolamo speak on numerous occasions. Tom is a perfect blend of entertaining enlightenment. There is one thing that defines who he is: Passion.

Tom is passionate about creating landscapes that suit your lifestyle and are therefore sustainable. There is nothing he likes better than to design a beautiful outdoor space that is inviting and Earth-friendly, or take your existing landscape and re-work it to make it fit your present and future lifestyle. Tom shows his passion for sustainability throughout his book. And he is not into cookie-cutter landscape plans but really wants to tailor a space to be perfect for you.

Tom is a passionate educator. He has a great sense of humor and a warmth that always shines through in his presentations, and this book is no different. Since I have met Tom personally and heard him give educational talks on this very subject, I really enjoyed how his personality shines through in this book. It doesn't read like a textbook, but rather like having a conversation with a trusted friend who happens to know an awful lot of practical advice about landscapes and outdoor spaces.

Tom is a passionate about having fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Lutz on July 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
A great book and well worth the money! We are all to conventional in our thinking....just doing what the neighbors are doing. Our neighborhoods and yards become a cookie cutter all closely resembling each other, and each of us as if programmed by design march out of our homes on Saturday mornings to maintain what we have created.
This author utilizes a refreshing style of unconventional thinking for those who wish to create a yard that is out of the norm from every one else. In todays society "time is money" and what better way to capitilize on time than to have a yard that is "self maintaining".
People are are different and so are our needs when it comes to the environment that we live and play in. Not all the ideas in this authors book will work for everyone in every yard setting but, this book will surely give the reader so many ideas to comprehend that I am sure you will find some ideas and projects that will fit your needs and lifestyle.
Your eco-friendly yard is a must for the home owner who is not afraid to step out of the norm and wants to create a environment that is beautiful, self maintaining, and sustainable. Whether your staring out with a new home and landscape or got the itch to redo an existing yard, Don't start until you read this book. (5 stars)
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For me this book was not only awesome in terms of how to create a more environmentally friendly yard, but also with awesome ideas on how to have a beautiful landscape with 80% less maintenance costs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pramela Thiagesan on July 23, 2009
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This book offers a framework to shift our paradigm so we can see the limitless possibilities on what our landscapes can bring to us. Unlike other "eco-friendly" how-to books, THIS book gave me permission to find my own solutions that fit MY lifestyle. It is honest in it's approach on what is feasible and what isn't and inspires me to find ways to be more Eco-Friendly that is achievable based on my motivation and ability.

I have used many of the principles in my own very modest yard, from smart mulching, drip irrigation, native plant choice and transforming my lawn into outdoor living space. I am the envy of my neighbours and passerbys. My very modest home is now my palace and my 4 year-old's wonderland as she discovers nature, nourishment's from edible aspects of our landscape and learns the process of living everyday in a manner that is sustainable. We have significantly reduced our waste through composting, eliminated the need for pesticides with appropriate plant choices, and controlled our watering efforts with drip irrigation.

I can't express how completely Tom Girolamo's authentic, current and compelling approach to landscaping has transformed our life. We are grateful for this book and his knowledge.
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This book is a great addition for anyone who wants to better utilize their yard, reap the benefits of what their land has to offer and gain enjoyment from being set free from the prison of traditional landscaping practices. YOU DON'T NEED ACRES to apply the principles of this book into your life.

Your Eco-Friendly Yard is a great gift for anyone in your life who is interested in making a difference in their life, the earth, and ultimately their overall well being.

Congratulations Tom Girolamo on your book, I look forward to many more.
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