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What Makes a Meadow or Prairie Better Than a Lawn?
In my previous post, I wrote about some of the advantages to the homeowner of having a meadow or prairie, versus a traditional lawn. Both meadows and prairies (the former have more native grasses and fewer wildflowers than the latter) contain plant life that is native to that region, whereas lawns contain grasses that are known more for their durability than for being local. Because of this difference, meadows and prairies can be friendlier to local animal life by providing shelter and food sources; they are also better able to withstand variances in the weather such as drought and are more resistant to non-native, invasive species of plants such as Ivy. For these reasons, meadows and prairies can be a much simpler, cost-effective and low-maintenance lawn alternative.
Now that we’re familiar with just what makes meadows and prairies such a great lawn alternative, let’s take [...]
Picture this: you’re sitting in your kitchen, looking out the window at your back yard. It’s a bright, sunny summer day and your two young kids are running and rolling around on the deep green grass with Todd, your 4 year old Golden Retriever. A wistful smile plays across your lips until you begin to wonder just what your kids and pet are rolling around on. You walk into your garage, pull out all of the various chemicals that you use to keep your lawn looking so lush. “Keep out of reach of children!” “Harmful if Swallowed!” The warning labels fill you with a sense of dread as you wonder just how ‘healthy’ that grass that your loved ones are frolicking on really is. Soon, you find yourself in front of your laptop, searching for solutions to create a natural landscape in your backyard, an organic solution that will keep both your lawn and your [...]
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