Low maintenance natural areas are less expensive to maintain than turf lawn over time.
Natural areas are less expensive to maintain than turf and they enhance ecosystem services too. While restoring natural vegetation is more expensive than turf to install, after three to four years the cost is recouped in lower maintenance fees. Published in the April 2013 issue of the Reporter by the American Public Works Association. See page 30. By Dr. Elizabeth Rogers Tiller, Applied Ecological Services.