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Rethink your lawn
RETHINK YOUR LAWN
Home lawns blanket at least 21 million acres of land in this country. Thats an area over 17 times the size of the Grand Canyon!
love our lawns theyre a wonderful place to play and picnic,
and they can provide a beautiful setting for our homes. Is there room,
too, for a pocket of native plants? Might a flowerbed be expanded,
or a tree or shrub added? Can an area that is difficult to mow and maintain
be allowed to naturalize?
trees, perennial flowers, and groundcovers consume less water than lawn
grass, add visual interest and color to your landscape, and can provide
a welcoming habitat for birds and butterflies.
each one of us
that takes care of our own lawn (49 million U.S. households), replaced
just ONE square yard (just 9 square feet) of our lawn with a non-turf
alternative, we would eliminate 1.2 MILLION hours of mowing and
stop 60,000 tons of grass clippings from ever finding their way
to a landfill. In addition, millions of gallons of water would be saved
and tons of fertilizers and pesticides never applied.
Challenge You To Make A Difference
may be a distant memory, but it wont be long until the mowers and
blowers roar into action. We challenge you to try something different
with a part of your lawn this coming spring. Maybe put in some native
plants that will attract your favorite birds or butterflies. Maybe plant
a cluster of shrubs to increase your privacy. Start small remember,
if we each do a little bit, collectively we can make a big difference!
a few ideas to start you thinking:
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