Lawns provide many functions and benefits ranging from recreational to environmental. Lawns are aesthetically pleasing and the backdrop for our landscape.
But where did the notion of a manicured lawn come from? Lawns in America became popular during the 19th century. They were first discovered in England where lush lawns symbolized land ownership and wealth. America’s attraction to a beautiful lawn and higher social status pressed the development of better seed varieties, watering methods and behold the lawn mower. With the help of technology and publicized lawn care education, the American lawn took root.
The lawn as we know it however is just one type of ground cover. With rising concern over fuel dependency, water supply and the environment, many homeowners are opting for smaller lawns and instituting naturalscapes, gardens and meadows.
Where to begin? Your landscape should be a reflection of your lifestyle, designed for your comfort and enjoyment. You may want to first consider areas on your property which are particularly shady, sloped or damp. These are usually better suited for ground covers, perennials, ferns or ornamental grasses. These plants are versatile, low maintenance and add interest to the landscape with their varied shapes, shades, texture and heights.
You can also add an array of vibrant colors and fragrance to your property by transforming a lawn that is not utilized to flower beds and shrubs. If mowing is an issue, consider converting extra turf into a wildflower lawn or meadow. While the initial planning, research, installation and maintenance can be somewhat involved in developing a successful meadow area, the results are well worth the effort months and years later when flowers bloom, new wild life moves in and mowing is reduced to only once per season.
There are many lovely planting options available to compliment your landscape. You will want to ensure that the proper plants/ grasses are selected for your garden’s growing condition and that they receive the proper nutrients. So, whether you are enhancing or converting your lawn, consulting with your arborist can help your vision become a reality. Depending on your goals and the intricacies of your project, you may also want to consult with a landscape architect or landscape designer.
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