Leave the Lawnmower in the Shed: Let's Talk Living Lawns

Updated: Aug 18, 2021

One of the best things about having an outdoor space near your home is that the protection of pollinators and local species becomes possible from your own backyard. Oftentimes, our yards are an expanse of one turfgrass species, dutifully mowed and manicured. But, lawns without diversity are dead-zones for birds, bees, butterflies, and other pollinators who would brighten your backyard and support biodiversity.By re-examining what our outdoor spaces should look like, we can put life back into our lawns.

Maintaining a mowed lawn takes a lot of work as it consists of a homogenous form of grass. In order to maintain this monoculture, lawn owners are forced to perpetually work against nature as it tries to return to the area. To discourage unwanted insects and weeds, people often use harmful pesticides and herbicides such as roundup on their lawns. These noxious chemicals seep into the groundwater, rivers, and eventually the ocean. These lawns also are often unable to drain properly after heavy rain, leading to unsightly depressions in the ground and pools of water that can host mosquito larvae.

There are several ways to make your lawn into a diverse and lively area that don’t require a complete backyard transformation. By minimizing the area you mow, you can have sections of your yard that grow local flowers while leaving the re