In Pennsylvania, there are 2 million acres of lawn but the standard lawn provides no bio-diversity.
Maintaining a lawn takes work. Grass needs to be treated with fertilizer because the soil is not compatible with it. Turf wants water when the weather doesn’t provide it. Mowing requires time and takes energy; and pollinators disappear because they no longer have food to eat.
Can you take a positive step to protect and nurture your environment?
Lawns offer very little erosion control and biodiversity. Converting your lawn into meadow will provide a wonderful habitat for more wildlife and, ultimately, save a land- or homeowner time and money. Keeping a mowed border around your meadow will frame it beautifully, as well as make it look as an intentional feature of the landscape.
URBAN SPRAWL along with Agricultural intensification has contributed to the increased degradation of wetlands associated with privately owned lands. This is also true of pesticides and runoff from well manicured lawns. Prairie conversion can help reverse this process by improving overall water quality of nearby streams, creeks, lakes, and wetlands–all while adding natural beautification with native plant species. These species are also typically pollinator-friendly, which is equally beneficial.
Along with the obvious conservation benefits to nearby streams, creeks, lakes, and wetlands, as well as aquatic and other wildlife, therein, conversion to trees and shrubs can provide harvestable products such as fruit, nuts, and flowers. The benefits to local wildlife and pollinators are innumerable.
Infiltration Beds are used as a means to temporarily store runoff water in a subsurface storage media. Some of the benefits associated with Infiltration Beds include (but are not limited to):
While similar, there is one significant difference between Rain Gardens and Bioswales. Rain Gardens are used to capture and temporarily store rainwater. Bioswales, on the other hand, are designed to slow down rainwater by means of a curved or linear path.
There are a multitude of tips and tricks for maintaining your Conservation Landscape. Here are but a few of them:
There are myriad tools and services available for invasive species identification and mitigation. Controlling invasive species is a crucial step in conservation landscaping, and maintaining a healthy biodiversity and/or a riparian forest buffer. Invasive non-native plant species often have no natural predator, thus allowing them to take over large areas of land (kudzu, for example). By familiarizing yourself with native and non-native species, you will be better equipped to maintain your conservation landscape and, ultimately, the environment.