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I do not know why I didn't comment on this great perspective before! The thought of lawn is an ideology! And an expectation for most ... its not until we draw people outside and walk them through a meadow, a woodland or any other bounty of a landscape that we can explain that these complexly established and self sustaining habitats are functioning places that yield beauty and good works!

It is a matter of perspective and function - over form; perhaps we have just gotten carried away with the grander foil of lawn in our landscapes - why not rebalance our thinking!

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Emilie Bova
I live on the Gulf Coast and use palmetto as a native groundcover. It is a very dramatic plant with thick growth. No weeds grow under it! Green year round too!
   
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Glad to find this through some other stories (Sedge lawn)... while the sedge lawn is a step up from manicured lawns, how about a discussion of yards (for the city) that encourage biodiversity, so the dandelions stay for the bees (at least til the seeds form) and the groundcover is mixed with clover and other things to encourage bees and bugs and birds. We have a corgi who visits often and loves to run, so shorter heights and soft landing is in demand, at least for some areas but I'm not happy about strictly grass. We have something in our front called "ecoseed" which grows slowly and needs little water, and it is more mixed but still mostly monoculture. I guess I'm wondering what mixes work for different areas with some diversity: clover, dandelions, thyme... and still don't leave dead spots and muddy spots when certain kinds haven't grown in or have died back.

   

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