I’ve written about “freedom lawns,” which allow for the natural growth of grasses, clover, wildflowers, and other broad-leafed plants.
My article quoted Ecologist F. Herbert Bormann and said:
You can reduce the time and money you spend on your lawn dramatically. All you need is a new way to look at your lawn and how you manage it. You can:
- Reduce the amount of lawn you have. The vacated areas can be filled with flowers, shrubs, vegetables, or drought-resistant native plants that require little upkeep.
- Create an organic lawn without using pesticides and fertilizers. Cut the grass high, leave the clippings on the grass, water deeply and infrequently to create deep roots, and allow clover, moss and other plants to creep in. Pull dandelions by hand with a sharp tool, if you don’t like them. They’ll be gone in about one year.
- Let part or all of your lawn revert to a meadow.