Lawn history is rooted in wealth and status.
In 17th century England, only rich landowners had lawns (a monoculture of short, manicured grass). Work once done by sheep increasingly shifted to human labour, especially closer to the house. Before lawnmowers, only a few could afford to hire people to scythe and weed their grass.
A lawn’s purpose? Purely decorative.
Given today’s reality…
- Water shortages (Less water for lawns means more clean, drinkable water for us!)
- The health benefits of digging in dirt
- Our passion for clean, local food
- Declines in pollinator and wildlife populations
- A desire to waste less
- How busy we say we are
- No need to show how much money you make
…are we ready to question, even ditch, the lawn habit? In Canada there are about 6.2 million lawns. Converting just one-quarter of each lawn would equal around 14,400 hectares of habitat for pollinators. Did you know in the Capital Regional District on Vancouver Island lawn is the most dominant land cover and contributes to the most water wastage?
Join the movement to “rewild” and create more edible landscapes! Make nature your ally. It has delicious consequences.
Design a rain garden
A rain garden helps minimize the problem of stormwater runoff — hundreds of litres of rainwater streaming off hard surfaces like roofs, roads and driveways. For example, shallow beds 15 to 30 centimetres (six to 12 inches) deep filled with native plants will filter up to 90 per cent of pollutants. Rain gardens also allow water to drain deep enough into the soil to help recharge groundwater supplies.
A variety of landscaping options await. Not sure where to start? Hire and consult with a company that specializes in native plants and edible landscapes. Or grab books and online resources, maybe find a local mentor or take a course to help you realize your dream.
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