From biodiversity desert to eco-haven

June 4, 2019

Turn a corner of your lawn into a meadow

I saw a man mowing his {enormous} manicured lawn this past weekend.  He had a {nearly as enormous} ride-on mower, but it was surely still a multi-hour task.  It got me thinking: how many hours will he spend mowing over the course of the summer?  How much fertilizer, water and spray will be used to make it grow faster, so it will require even more mowing?  And how many litres of fuel will be burned?

Manicured lawns may look nice, but they are typically biodiversity deserts: favouring a few grass species, but hostile to pretty much everything else (not unlike the sprayed plantation forests that tend to be lightning rods for criticism).  Maybe the manicured lawn is a concept that needs a reality check; maybe there are better ways to spend our resources – and our precious time.

So here’s a thought: why not turn a part of your lawn into a meadow?  It’s easy: just leave it to grow; let other species creep in, or maybe plant a few wildflowers; and make it a haven for bees and other insects in our ecosystem’s ‘circle of life’.  (Not ready to go completely wild?  As an alternative, mow part of your lawn higher {10 cm} and less often.)

Start small, and who knows?  Maybe the benefits (including the music of insects and a poison-free space) will lead to more meadow and less lawn next year.

Happy non-mowing!

One Response to “From biodiversity desert to eco-haven”

  1. […] June 5th’s Green Ideas tip, about the benefits of letting at least a part of your lawn grow into a meadow? Here’s a true summer story to help reaffirm […]

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