AMERICANA: Weeds Are Wonderful

As if crab grass, dandelions and seed-snatching birds were not enough, America's lawn keepers face a new peril this spring: a small but growing band of "natural" landscapers who scorn the national fetish for meticulously manicured lawns and are letting their yards grow as wild and weedy as nature permits. One such heretic, Donald Hagar of New Berlin, Wis., a Milwaukee suburb, let plant life take its course when he moved into a house on 2½ acres in the town's Sun Shadows West subdivision. Hagar put in some wild Wisconsin prairie grass...

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