Turf grass isn't the only option for filling our yards. This article offers alternatives to conventional lawns, such as meadow and low-growing groundcovers, and lists native species that grow well in Pennsylvania.
This is a case study of the conversion of 42 acres of the Black Rock Santcuary in Chester County into a native warm season grass meadow. It includes a step-by-step guide that Chester County Parks and Recreation used to transform the area from a silt repository into the meadow.
Converting areas covered by turf grass to meadows can be financially rewarding and relatively simple on both public and private land. It can also deliver substantial environmental and aesthetic benefits.
This publication details the basics of what is required to create and maintain a native grass and wildflower meadow in southeastern Pennsylvania.
As homeowners become aware of the costs of maintaning lawns, both to people and to wildlife, many are choosing to replace all or part of their lawns with alternatives that are more friendly to wildlife and the environment.
Converting part of your yard to meadow can save you time and money--think about less frequent mowing. And meadows help filter our groundwater, control flooding, add visual appeal, and provide critical habitat for sonbirds and pollinators.