Brian Collier | Unlawning America

Brian Collier | Unlawning America


Most scientists and ecologists will agree
that a mowed lawn is an ecological desert that basically provides nothing for any species
it’s a created built architectural space even though most people look at it and say “oh
that’s a lovely green space” it couldn’t be farther from reality a manicured mowed lawn,
especially when it’s treated, provides almost nothing for any species the general idea of
‘un-lawning’ America is a little tongue and cheek I say it’s a call to inaction you know
mowing lawns suppresses ecological activity so when you stop that activity just not mowing
your lawn creating meadow-scape we can actually generate huge amounts of habitat for a lot
of different species as pollinators come in almost instantly you’ll start to see bees
and butterflies utilize the landscape a lot more you’ll see small mammals start to move
in after that and when small mammals are present you’ll see predators come back in usually
small predators first medium predators raptors owls we’re not trying to eliminate all lawn,
we just say, “if you don’t use it, don’t mow it” it’s a very simple equation so if you
stop mowing part of your lawn, you’ll have a little mowed area, that’s either for a chair
or if you have kids that are playing or you want a picnic table and you look at this edge
between your mowed and your un-mowed space, on that edge you’ll see tons of invertebrate
activity you’ll see birds utilizing this space you’ll hear all the sounds that they make
you’ll see this incredibly rich kind of tapestry of different plants some flowering plants
some grasses I mean it depends on where this happens but it’s amazing you’ll get tremendous
diversity growing almost instantly

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