Yesterday I was invited to participate in the Anti-Valentine Lawn Project, and I wrote a Love Letter to Wildlife, talking about how each of us could create a love letter to wildlife in our gardens by reducing or eliminating our lawns and adding welcoming habitat for the birds, butterflies and other critters to share our spaces with.
The Anti-Valentine Lawn Project was a virtual blog tour to celebrate the release of Evelyn Hadden’s new book Beautiful No-Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives.
This book is full of wonderful ideas to have a beautiful garden without lawns. And the photography is amazing! As I page through this book I get so many ideas to add to my wildlife garden.
The American lawn care industry is a 32 billion dollar a year, profit making enterprise. This industry maintains these huge profits because they have convinced us that we are less than perfect neighbors if our lawns are not as green or weed-free as are the lawns of our neighbors.
But we as wildlife gardeners know that a lawn provides very little habitat for wildlife, and the resources it takes to maintain this state of green perfection is not at all sustainable.
So what can we do to replace our lawns? I have several ideas.