Lawn = zero habitat

Habitat: The place or environment where a plant or animal naturally or normally lives and grows; providing sustenance, shelter, and facilitating reproduction.

No animal lives in a mowed turf environment. Some fungi can prey upon lawns, but no animal or bird can live there; and the insect life in the soil below is lesser in diversity and environmental value than what lived there before lawn was imposed upon it.

There are grassland birds, woodland birds, seaside birds, wetland birds, and birds whose habitat is referred to as forest edge, but none can survive on a lawn. Birds, butterflies, pollinators, amphibians, mammals—you name it—struggle to locate habitats that are ever-increasingly fragmented by ever-expanding acres of lawn and competition from invasive species.

We can enjoy the advantages of farmlands, managed forests, highways and parking lots, houses and structures of commerce, but most mowed turf serves no purpose for recreation or any other rational use. If you ever wondered how you could apply the counsel “Think Globally, Act Locally,” this is your answer: Put back the plant species that took 10,000 years to evolve into the ecosystem over which you have control for an instant in time. Landscape with native plants.

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