Sustainable Lawns & Lawn Alternatives

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frog on a green lawnLawns have become a ubiquitous feature of residential and commercial landscapes. Compared to natural vegetation, or landscapes that incorporate a diversity of native plant species, monocultures of turf have lower levels of biodiversity.

However, lawns and turf are appropriate for wear-tolerant outdoor surfaces for recreation, when lines-of-sight are needed, or for accessing other parts of properties. With the right practices, lawns can be can incorporated as part of a sustainable home landscape.

Join Matt Jones (Extension Horticulture Agent) and the Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Chatham County for a presentation on sustainable lawn care. Participants will learn ways to minimize lawns to only areas where they are used, how to select appropriate species and evaluate site conditions, how to manage soil fertility based on soil tests and adding compost, and how to incorporate organic methods and other practices to reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides.

Register for the April 2 class

Register for the April 4 class

Written By

Tiffany Hancock, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionTiffany HancockCounty Extension Marketing and Media Support Specialist Call Tiffany E-mail Tiffany N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center

Contributing Author

Matt Jones, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMatt JonesExtension Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Ornamental and Consumer Horticulture Call Matt E-mail Matt N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
Updated on Mar 27, 2019
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