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Lawn Conversions

Get rid of the resource-heavy lawn!!

Issues with traditional grass lawns. 

  • Historical Origins within the English Elite

    • meant to portray wealth and social status

  • High Input Requirements :

    • Manual labor

    • Chemical fertilizers & pesticides

    • Irrigation (many times treated drinking water)

    • TIME

  • Source of much Pollution

    • Fertilizer & pesticide runoff affects soil, groundwater, and local waterways negatively

    • Industrialized maintenance machinery creates [unregulated] greenhouse gas emissions

  • Ecological Dead Zones

    • Toxic environment - does not support life

    • Most turfgrass species are from Europe and Africa and do not occupy a niche in our local ecology

  • Largely aesthetic

    • Many people rarely use their [front] lawns, which means lawns lack functionality all around

Benefits of converting a lawn into a native planting
  • Requires Little to No Inputs

    • Native Plants have evolved to withstand the harsh growing conditions nature creates

    • No fertilizer, pesticides, or supplemental irrigation needed (once established)

    • Weekly maintenance is replaced by seasonal maintenance one or twice a year - saving you time and money

  • Keeps Toxic Chemicals Out of the Environment - No Runoff

    • By not requiring toxic chemicals, pollution is remedied before it becomes a problem

    • Native Gardens absorb and filter rainwater, cleansing the water naturally as it percolates through our soils and converges in our waterways

  • Fosters Life - Both Human and Wild

    • Creates habitat for Wildlife including Songbirds, Pollinators, beneficial (predatory) Arthropods, and Butterflies

    • Provides a beautiful - yet functional - green space that lures in People almost as much as it does Wildlife

    • Great Learning Opportunity for children and adults alike - nothing sparks a child’s curiosity as much as watching the entire lifecycle of a Butterfly occur right outside their door

    • Reconnects People to the land - plants grow with the seasons and each season brings something new

    • Highly Ornamental -  North America has some of the most beautiful “wildflowers” on the planet

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