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Livable Lawns - Managing a Healthy Lawn


The benefits of a healthy, attractive lawn are many and diverse. Lawns prevent erosion, provide cooling, re­duce dust and mud, remove pollut­ants from the environment, absorb CO2 and produce 02 Lawns provide a safe, comfortable surface for many athletic and social activities. Ar­eas of lawn, whether large or small, help bring green to the urban envi­ronment. Lawns provide the carpet upon which other plants are located and act as a unifying feature in the landscape.


In fact, lawn is such an important component of most landscapes, its location should be planned when designing the landscape. But people in the United States have a love affair with the lawn and use it everywhere. Instead, incorporate lawn to serve as play areas, pathways and gather­ing spaces. Once you have allocat­ed useful spaces for lawn, manage everything else in the landscape as an alternative to lawn such as, forest or tree grove, meadow, or landscape bed. See Livable Ecosystems: A Model for Suburbia for ideas about how to incorporate forest groves, meadows and landscape beds into the home landscape.

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