Why some residents are ditching traditional lawns to plant native

Mary Swifka and her husband saw their lawn as a blank canvas when they came to New London. Swifka relocated to the area in 1989 from St. Paul, Minnesota, and took a job as an environmental educator at the neighboring Mosquito Hill Nature Center, where she shared her knowledge and experience of nature with others. At home, Swifka […]

“Our lawn doesn’t look like everyone else’s,” Swifka said. “We don’t encourage the grass to grow. We let other things grow in our lawn.”

Turfgrasses — the typical grasses of most American lawns — make up a whopping 2% of all the land in the U.S., but according to Doug Tallamy, a professor of agriculture and natural resources at the University of Delaware, it’s an “ecological wasteland.”

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