The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources now has a Lawn To Meadow webpage to help landowners of all types convert their lawns to be a more environment-friendly and beneficial place.
Converting some or all of your lawn to woods or meadow shows you are a good steward of the land, adds natural diversity and interest to your backyard, and reduces the time you spend mowing.
A diverse array of native trees, shrubs, perennial flowers, and warm season grasses are much better than turf grass for keeping soil and nutrients in place and is great for pollinators.
DCNR will have a small amount of funding available in 2021 for lawn conversion practices, including conservation landscaping (converting lawn to native managed meadow) and forest planting (converting lawn areas to trees/forest).
Lawns must be at least a quarter-acre.
Visit DCNR’s Lawn To Meadow webpage and sign up for the Woods and Meadows newsletter. Questions about this program and funding should be directed to Kelsey Miller at email@example.com or send email to: RA-NRWoodsandMeadows@pa.gov.
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(Reprinted, mostly, from the October DEP Chesapeake Bay Implementation newsletter. Click Here to sign up for your own copy.)
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[Posted: October 19, 2020]