When designing your no-mow yard, Evelyen Hadden, author of Beautiful No-Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives, writes that each choice “should be based not only on your aesthetics or comfort but also on the natural processes and character of your site.” The following are five things to consider when contemplating replacing your lawn with a now-mow yard.
Imagine where you want to move through your landscape and where you need open areas for outdoor activities. Consider these the “rooms” of your garden and the space around them “can be alive with plants and animals.”
Gradual transitions are easier on wildlife, such as turtles and frogs, than abrupt edges. Try using “ground-level transitions, like groundcovers or different kinds of paving.”
Plants native to your region are adapted to regional precipitation patterns and know when to go dormant and then emerge after winter. Non-native plants can also play a role, however, such as “extending the flowering season to support pollinators.”
In an eco-friendly garden, plants and animals need to form healthy relationships. Consider ground-layer companion plants for your trees. Trees want to grow in a “layer of leaf litter and decaying wood that is supporting fungi.”
“Animals add life to a landscape.” A garden that is hospitable to animals must provide elements such as cover, water, food, and nest-making materials. Shrubs, for instance, are excellent cover for the nesting sites of birds and a “simple pile of branches or a boulder” can offer protection for ground-based animals.
Evelyn J. Hadden is a national speaker and award-winning author of four gardening books, including Beautiful No-Mow Yards, Evelyn Hadden encourages property owners to convert unused, unloved lawns to more rewarding landscapes. She founded the informational website LessLawn.com in 2001 and is a founding member of the Lawn Reform Coalition.
Author Evelyn Hadden takes us on a tour of Beautiful No-Mow Yards:
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Deeply inspirational to anyone looking to make their yards more interesting, more beautiful, and more wildlife-friendly. Beautiful, superbly written. —Susan Harris, Garden Rant