June 7th, 2020: Regenerative Landscaping: Lawn Alternatives to Help the Planet
Currently, the default approach to suburban landscaping is mowed lawn and lots of it. Though lawn may seem like the obvious choice for yards and general landscaping, it comes with a staggering environmental cost. In the Regenerative Landscaping project, we will be trying out some alternative approaches. One is to replace lawn with low-growing mixes of grasses and clovers that require little mowing and virtually no fertilizer or chemicals. These “lawn mimics” are far more climate-friendly yet retain the overall appearance and openness of regular lawn. Even better for the climate is replacing sections of lawn with deep-rooted perennial plants that build soil health, allow more storm water to infiltrate, improve water quality and even store atmospheric carbon in the soil. Learn how this works and what we plan to do at UUCC.