Part biography, part instruction manual for turning lawns into natural and productive garden-spaces, Williams describes the pride and pitfalls of homesteading. From living with nosy neighbors who can't get their heads out of their mole-holes long enough to understand "perfect" lawns require plant killing toxins that impact land for generations, to downright mean folks who can't comprehend that so-called weeds are often edible, and necessary for healthy soil. For the intrepid homesteader, it seems, fighting City Hall often comes with nature-led land management.
Williams bucks the system with style, however, and digresses from instructor to insider often. His stories includes a satisfyingly lurid dream sequence worthy of Sinclair Lewis' "It Can't Happen Here" guaranteed to make the reader want to start an illegal mulch pile immediately. Damn the HOA, full speed ahead! After all, it's your property, right? -Diana Morse
From the Author
In Fire the Landscaper, I wanted to shed light on a simple but devastating problem that could be fixed with minimal effort. Toward the end of my time as a landscaper, I began to question why we maintain properties the way we do. I answered the why, with research into cultural bias, group psychology, history, philosophy, homeowners associations, and local ordinances. The research was as fascinating as it was disheartening, and at times, utterly ridiculous.
While it is important to identify the problems and the consequences, it was more important to me to offer practical, realistic solutions that anyone could integrate into their busy life. I hope readers of Fire the Landscaper enjoy and benefit from the text.