Our local landscape has changed drastically over the past 100 years. The North American Prairie dominated the landscape in pre-settlement days and is responsible for producing the great soil of the Corn Belt today. As our farmland has given way to our urban environment, much of the native soil, plants and trees have disappeared and have often been replaced with non native species. This has robbed many of the beneficial microorganisms, insects, birds and other wildlife of their natural habitat. Part of going “green” is restoring this lost habitat.
Lawn care is the single most labor intensive part of maintaining a landscape and it requires fertilizer, pesticides and irrigation. With increased awareness of environmental issues, going “green” in the lawn care industry must also mean finding low maintenance alternatives. The long term savings of a native landscape is encouraging. Native plants have adapted to our local climate for over a thousand years and once established they do not require fertilizer, pesticides or irrigation. They are also valued for stabilizing the soil and removing carbon from the air, helping to reduce greenhouse gasses. Click here to learn more about landscape renovation and prairie gardens.
If your lawn is facing many problems, it may be best to come up with a plan to renovate. Maybe you are facing a problem with many annual and perennial grassy weeds. Maybe broadleaf weeds have taken over. Maybe your lawn has thinned out and needs to be thickened up. If you have poor soil, we can develop a plan to improve it. If you are interested in transitioning your traditional lawn care program to a natural one, we can help with that too. Whatever your needs, we can develop a lawn renovation plan for you.