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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Benjamin Vogt walks us through a dormant, wild-yard landscape

I suppose one has to be a natural-landscaping enthusiast to understand and appreciate the mechanics and chemistry at work in a dormant landscape like this one in Nebraska. Those of us able to read the land are struck with an awe which the ecologically illiterate cannot decipher. ~ JB

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Patience, knowledge lead to prairie restoration; video shows interim phrase

Published on Oct 28, 2013  |  Dr. Dwayne Elmore, Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology, joins Kim Toscano, host of Oklahoma Gardening, to survey the recent prairie restoration.

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Springtime prescribed burn serves multiple purposes in prairie restoration

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Picking prairie flower seed: seven good reasons

Wide-open space, colorful flowers, fresh autumn air, beauty, feeling free, prairie restoration, thousands of dollars in value.

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Rain gardens need to be seen to gain popularity; this engineered seasonal pond provides beautiful, functional display of native plants

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Native plants have common names, botanical (Latin) names, and meanings in tribal languages

Published on Aug 26, 2013  |   

Oklahoma Gardening host Kim Toscano visits with Pat Gwin about his work at the Cherokee Nation Native Plant Garden and the connection that the Cherokee have with nature.

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Support honeybees: grow native plants near your vegetable garden

Published on Aug 10, 2013 | Interview with Angela about native plants.
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Many pretty gardens of no use to pollinators


Published on Jul 18, 2013 | EarthKeepers II (EK II) is educating the public about the detrimental effects of non-native plants and reducing airborne mercury through energy conservation audits at 40 churches/temples — and teaching congregations how they can save energy in their homes.

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Successful biodiversity: It all starts with native plants

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