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Title: The grass-free lawn: development of a novel lawn format using climatically suitable, mowing tolerant, clonal perennial forbs and its influence on insects and pollinators
Author: Smith, Lionel S.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5357 9896
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2014
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In much of the English-speaking world, the lawn is the most common of all garden features. For arguably a millennium, it has played a significant role in the anthropogenic landscape and during that period, it has been inextricably linked with grasses. Nevertheless other plant species have accompanied the grasses and also been used in creating lawns. From medieval wildflowers to Victorian weeds, the plants that challenge the formal concept of the perfect lawn have journeyed with it but have until recently remained only small players within the dominion of grass. By the beginning of the 21st century, with a new environmental ethos permeating the garden, the long journey of the grassy lawn and its plant companions has led to the grass mono culture being heretically rethought: by removing both the mono culture and the grass.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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