The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center Native Lawn
This is an article about a study done by the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center on Native Grasses being used for lawns. The information is very promising and if all goes well, you may be re-seeding with these low maintenance, low water grasses very soon.
“Save on mowing, watering, weeding and feeding with a lawn of native grasses.
Americans love their lawns. But most of them are non-native grasses like St. Augustine that succumbs easily to pests and disease,uses huge amounts of water, hates to be walked on and doesn’t fair well in our heat, or bermudagrass that needs constant mowing and can be invasive. Non-native lawns require a lot of time and money to keep that ‘velvet carpet’ appearance. As a solution, Wildflower Center ecologist Mark Simmons has been leading the research on a mixture of drought-adapted native grasses that cut down on mowing, watering, weeding and feeding. Early research clearly demonstrates that it takes less effort to maintain a lawn of mixed native turf grasses than a non-native lawn.”
for the rest of this article, please visit http://www.wildflower.org/nativelawns/
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