Removing the lawn from your home and allowing it to grow wild with flowers and native hedges can do wonders for local wildlife and pollinators. But if you’re not ready to remove your lawn or your neighborhood doesn’t allow it, consider this: In a new study, researchers found that even a modest reduction in lawn mowing can boost wildlife, increase pollinators, and save money.
Researchers from the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières found that reducing the intensity of trimming lawns in urban areas can also reduce pests and weeds that cause allergies. A meta-analysis of data from 15 years of studies in North America and Europe found strong evidence that increased mowing intensity of urban lawns – including public spaces such as parks, roundabouts and road verges – reduced the diversity of plants and invertebrates. It also led to an increase in the abundance of weeds and lawn pests.
The study provides just another piece of proof that we need to get rid of the outdated social stigma that comes with having a lawn that is a few inches longer than your neighbors.