In urban areas-
Meadow… is the new lawn.
A Meadow is a tract of land dominated by grass and other nonwoody plants, either in its natural state or used for a purpose. Until recently, the term meadow was used to describe a grassy feature of the managed rural landscape such as a pasture or its urban relative, the lawn. In this guide we’ll use the descriptor urban meadow to describe managed groups of native prairie plants.
Meadowscaping… is the new landscaping.
Meadowscaping is the actual practice of designing, planting, and managing an urban meadow to provide ecological functions and benefits such as pollinator habitat and stormwater improvement. Meadowscaping is an alternative to managing a monoculture of turf grass lawn. Meadowscaping with a diversity of native prairie plants is a practice adapted to the local climate and soil conditions as well as to the needs of native wildlife. This landscaping practice uses native plant species that are deep rooted and drought resistant, offers habitat and forage for birds, pollinators, and beneficial insects, improves water infiltration and stores carbon (Zimmerman 2010 and Xerces Society 2013).
Learning “How-to” is easy to do with this handbook.
The Meadowscaping Handbook: Designing, planting and Managing an Urban Meadow is a collaborative effort with members of the Pacific Northwest Urban Meadowscaping working group and other local professionals. The handbook is a compilation of the knowledge and “lessons learned” by members of the Pacific Northwest Urban Meadowscaping (PNUM) working group, regional ecologists, and landscape professionals. Rather than a technical manual, the handbook is designed as a “how-to” publication to help gardeners, landscape professionals and ecologists in the Willamette Valley plan, design, plant and maintain native plant meadows on small urban plots.
Click on the following link to download a copy from the West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.
All quotes on this post were cut from source: https://wmswcd.org/projects/the-meadowscaping-handbook/
The featured photo is a section of property in my yard that we are planning to transform into a more functional meadow… a place that will support wildlife above and below ground, sequester carbon, manage water, and provide nourishment to pollinators.
Some Soil and Water Conservation Districts offer grants to assist with projects like this. Check with your local agency.