As homeowners become aware of the costs of maintaining lawns many are choosing to replace all or part of their lawns with more wildlife and environment-friendly alternatives.
By replacing all or part of your lawn with native vegetation that provides food and cover, you can create a refuge to attract variety of wildlife. This publication covers alternatives to lawns, planting and preparing for your meadow, maintaining a meadow or prairie, landscape ordinances, and sources of wildflowers and grasses. In the United States, over 24 million acres of lawn surround our homes. As suburban development continues to spread into open and forested land alike, we lose more and more of our native vegetation and wildlife habitat. (2013) Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension.