Trading the Traditional Lawn for Mini Meadows

For some, a well-manicured lawn is the pride of their home, but for others a mini meadow is the best bet.

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For many people in the United States, a well-manicured lawn is a point of pride and mowing is a weekly summer chore. It’s a place where families and friends gather for picnics and games of catch. But for some, this recreational space—or at least part of it—can serve a higher purpose for nature.

How? Simply, let it grow.

“I call it releasing a lawn,” said Heather McCargo, executive director of the Wild Seed Project, a nonprofit organization based in Maine that works to increase the use of native plants in the landscape.

An educator with 30 years of experience in plant propagation, landscape design and conservation, McCargo is an advocate for decreasing mowed lawn space in favor of flower and vegetable gardens, fruit trees and wild, free-growing areas that are essentially miniature meadows. Her reasoning is purely environmental.

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