Blog party for Lawn Gone and Cobra tool giveaway

Lawn Gone book cover
Lawn Gone book cover

Pam Penick, who started the Garden Blogger Flings with the first one in Austin, TX, has some solutions for those of you conflicted about your water and chemical guzzling front lawns. She’s written a new book, Lawn Gone!: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard, which offers great design ideas for lawn replacement that your neighbors won’t mind.

These include:

• alternative grasses that seldom (or never) need mowing;
• drought-tolerant, eco-friendly landscapes;
• regional plant recommendations for all parts of the country;
• artificial turf that looks like the real thing;
• step-by-step lawn-removal methods;
• strategies for dealing with neighbors and HOAs; and
• ways to decrease your lawn if you’re not ready to go all the way.

Living in Austin, TX, Pam understands what drought really means, and because I visited her former home, I can attest that the lawn-less area in front of her home was lovely.

Bio Markers set
Bio Markers set

In connection with the blog party we’re hosting for Pam, I get to give away Cobra Tools. Yay!  This prize package includes: a CobraHead Weeder and Cultivator, a CobraHead Long Handle Weeder and Cultivator, and a set of 15 BioMarker weatherproof plant markers (valued at $115). Owning several of my own CobraHeads, I can tell you they are wonderful. The contest ends this Sunday at 11:59 p.m., and winners will be picked by a random number generator and announced the following Monday at Noon. Comment below to enter.

Combination of the long and short-handled Cobra head tools perfect for tearing out grass.
Combination of the long and short-handled Cobra head tools perfect for tearing out grass.

The following blogs are also participating, and they are hosting their own giveaways. Comment on each of them and tweet out the various contests to win. Let’s all help our friend, Pam, launch her book with great success. Congrats Pam. I’m so excited for you.

Rebecca at Gossip in the Garden is giving away a 5-lb bag of   Eco-Lawn seed (valued at $55), donated by Wildflower Farm in Ontario, Canada.  I’ve seen several Eco-Lawns in person and let me just say they’re a stunning lush, beautiful and sustainable turf alternative consisting of fine fescues (they rarely needs mowing, too!).  Perfect for milder climates. This giveaway is available to readers in Canada as well as the U.S.

plant delightsLoree Bohl of Danger Garden is giving away a $50 gift card from Plant Delights, a mail-order nursery that’s a plant lover’s dream. Since 1988, Plant Delights Nursery has been the choice of serious gardeners and plant collectors looking for the best and rarest perennial plants. They have an enticing selection of groundcovers, ornamental grasses, and small perennials, all of which make excellent substitutes for lawn grass.moss rocksAs a nod to cultivating a moss “lawn” in lieu of grass, Meems at Hoe & Shovel is giving away an adorable Moss Rock in a medium/Cobble size and Toadstool color (valued at $30). Moss Rocks are living sculptures and zen moss gardens all rolled into one. Donated by Moss and Stone Gardens, a design firm in Raleigh, N.C., specializing in moss landscapes.Genevieve Schmidt at North Coast Gardening is giving away a $50 gift certificate to the charming and tempting online nursery Annie’s Annuals. Annie’s specializes in rare and unusual annual and perennial plants, including cottage garden heirlooms and native wildflowers. They also have a wonderful selection of grasses and succulents, which make great substitutes for lawn.Ready to seed a No Mow lawn? Benjamin Vogt at The Deep Middle is giving away a 5-lb. bag of No Mow Lawn seed mix from Prairie Nursery (valued at $35). Prairie Nursery’s specially designed blend of fine fescue grasses is an ecological alternative to a traditional, high-energy-input lawn. No Mow grows in sun and shade and also performs well as a footpath or border with moderate traffic. With deep roots, it’s drought tolerant and well suited to regions with temperate to average summers.Author Pam Penick, at Digging, is giving away the only patch of lawn you may ever need – a tongue-in-cheek, 13×13-inch “grass” pillow (valued at $60) from Potted, a stylish Los Angeles garden shop and online store. Made from a high-quality synthetic grass, with Sunbrella fabric on the back, these pillows stand up to life out-of-doors beautifully. And doesn’t it look comfortable? Plus you’ll never have to mow this bit of lawn.

Oh, one more thing, the publisher sent me Pam’s book for review.


Wayne is our winner. He is a follower of Danger Garden blog. Congratulations Wayne. I am sending your information on to Pam at Digging. Look in the mail soon for your prizes.



120 Replies to “Blog party for Lawn Gone and Cobra tool giveaway”

  1. What a great giveaway! I can’t wait to transform our lawn into something more beautiful!!

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  2. The book sounds really helpful…I’m tired of my stretch of crabgrass lawn. Would love to win the tools, and thanks for offering the giveaway!

  3. This is one snake I’d like to see in my yard! Love snakes any ol’ way to keep out the pests.

  4. Love this Oklahoma blog and blogger!
    Also love Lawn Gone! And the chance to win a prize? Icing on the cake!

  5. I have been searching for ground covers as an alternative to a lawn. I would love to win this book!

  6. I have been a follower of Pam’s Digging blog for several years now. I have her new book and love her ideas and the pictures of her gardens transformations. She is an inspiration!

  7. I’ve never tried a cobra head tool, but I’ll try anything that helps me replace lawn with native perennial gardens.

  8. Great looking tools. Glad to see that her book looks at all regions. I would love to reduce lawn care.

  9. I’ve had my eye on the Cobra tool for awhile would be great to win one.

    I’ll have to pick up a copy of “Lawn Gone” for for some inspiration as I wait for the snow to finally melt here in WI!

  10. Congrats for Pam. I’ve suffered through different hand tools – these were next on my list to try!

  11. I do have too much lawn, though it is mostly moss now! I would love try try these tools where I am constalntly battling the buttercup, grass and other weeds encroaching on my planting areas.

  12. I have the blue-handled Cobrahead and I can attest that it’s great at popping out dandelions, and indispensable for digging in rocky soil like we have here in CO!

  13. I have been wanting to try these tools for my annoying crop of weeds. I appreciate your invitation to the party. Thank you.

  14. Living in the weather challenges of N.W. Ok any book about water conservation is worthwhile! Gardening tools look interesting!

    1. True enough. You sure got some snow didn’t you Sue? Wowee! Hope your temps come up soon, and the good Lord sends you some rain.

    2. Thanks Dee and Lazy D, We had one of those million dollar snows! More moisture than we’ve had in 3 or 4 yrs!

  15. Well done Pam! What to do with a lawn is on the minds of at least 2 bloggers this side of the pond too 🙂

    Since the Seattle Fling I’ve been thinking about replacing some or all of my front lawn with Hakonechloa (one of my plant highlights of my visit) but I wasn’t sure how it would perform in our garden. Last year I grew one in a pot to see what would happen. I’m pleased I did, because I soon learnt how much our cats love it too.

    So my lawn ponderings continue…

  16. I was just browsing your blog. What lovely gardens you have! I noticed you said that one day you will have a greenhouse. I want one too, I have been looking at those recycled soda bottle ones. (since it isn’t in my budget to get a “real” one. They are kind of cool. Probably won’t go off big with the HOA though. 🙁

    I look forward to reading more of your posts. And seeing more of your garden.

  17. The Cobra Head tools have been on my wish list for a couple of years now– ever since Jere Gettle mentioned them over at Thanks for the chance!

  18. Hey nieghbor. Enter me in. I do need a veeder. Nice writup by the way. Have been reading the book and digging for treasure.

  19. My sister told me about the book and the blog party give-away. She’s in Chicago, so can’t benefit as much from the southern clime tips. But I’m in Memphis and look forward to reading the book. Thanks for the contest, too. I’m whittling away at my grass and need all the help I can get.

  20. Dee, thanks so much for hosting this giveaway. Would love to have those awesome tools ! Please put my name in the hat. Meanwhile, I gotta go snoop around your blog a bit. Thank you!


  21. Really looking forward to this book since I am looking at “shrinking” my lawn and planting more native plants in the home I’m moving into this summer! these tools would make it so much easier!!

  22. I am very excited about this book. We are in the process of removing our lawn a little at a time. I have just started gardening and still need lots of information.

    Thank you for sharing.

  23. I’ve had the most fun reading all the reviews for Pam’s book~I am thrilled for her and thanks, Dee, for hosting a giveaway and review. xogail

  24. I’ve always admired the Cobrahead tools and would love to own them! Thanks for the chance to win them!

  25. Read Pam’s blog regularly, it gives me useful info for my own “lawn gone” garden in SoCal. About that first comment…it’s time for HOA’s to get real!

  26. I would love to get rid of my lawn, after 2 years of drought in Oklahoma. But, my HOA won’t allow it! I’d still love some new Cobra tools for weeding and flower bed work!

  27. Ooooooh, one of my favorite parts of gardening is the tools! I love shiny new tools, lol! Sign me up to win…

  28. Pam did a great job on her book. Lots of good advice and beautiful photos.

    Getting rid of lawns, and turning them into drought tolerant gardens, makes so much sense, with all these persistent dry periods.

  29. I’m replacing my dead lawn and could sure use the Cobra tools while I am implementing some of Pam’s great ideas!

  30. I’m ready to dig out those weeds. Those tools look wonderful. We haven’t had much rain lately, but the thistle and bedstraw weed didn’t get the memo.

  31. In San Antonio, TX, we’re already in stage 2 water restriction in March and staving off stage three seems impossible. Lots of people are exasperated and finally warming up to the idea of having less turf, but they need a little inspiration and instruction… The perfect reason to buy Pam’s book.

  32. What a great blog! I’m happy I found it. I’m an Austinite myself, so I’m ordering Pam’s book today and am now following both of your blogs. 🙂

  33. Just got rid f my lawn and am about to plant. The book sounds really useful and the tools would be a big help!

  34. After the last two years of drought and desert-like temps in Oklahoma I am seriously looking at the viability of lawns, at least on the scale we currently have. Can’t wait to read Pam’s book! Thanks, Dee!

  35. I’ve already heard great things about her book and I sure could use my own CobraHead tools. Thanks, Dee, for another great giveaway.

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  37. congrats pam on your book. i’m currently working on no lawn in my front yard with a victory garden/ potager. your ideas look lovely.

  38. I also follow Pam’s blog and really enjoy it. I have very little lawn in back and would like to get rid of more. Anything to help weed would be appreciated.

  39. Pam’s book looks so interesting. My husband and I have been discussing how to decrease our lawn (he doesn’t like to mow), so I’ll be buying her book! Don’t sign me up for the giveaway – I already own a Cobra head, but I can attest to how useful these tools are in the garden!

  40. Dealing with nosy neighbors is the biggest challenge. I would love to try with the help of the Cobra tools.

  41. Dealing with nosy neighbors is the biggest challenge. I would love to try with the help of the Corona tools.

  42. Would love to try the bio markers as one of my goals is to do a better job of documenting the garden.

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