Lawn alternatives are increasingly popular with homeowners. They support native wildlife and are more cost-effective than standard turf grass. Prairies, one option for a lawn alternative, were once native across most of central North America. Gardeners in this region can benefit from restoring some of their yards to native prairie. Why Choose a Lawn Alternative? A micro prairie yard is just one way to create an alternative to a traditional turf grass lawn. But why should you replace your lawn? Turf lawns are fairly sterile environments with little to offer native wildlife. They do not provide food sources, shelter, or nectar for pollinators. Grass lawns that replace native ecosystems ultimately harm native species, including plants, animals, insects, and crucial pollinators. The main benefit of a lawn alternative is that it supports the natural environment and all the critters living in it. There are also benefits to the gardener and homeowner: […]
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