Rainbow Lawns

  • Location
    Westport, Connecticut
  • Status
  • Age Level
    Any Age

The Problem

There is a lack of biodiversity in lawns. Yes, they are green, but just that. Just one species of green grass. And this one-species lawn system doesn\\\'t work. In the winter and fall, the grass, with nothing to support it, dies, causing the owner of the lawn to reseed, again, and again, and again. With all those insecticides, there are no bugs to prune the grass, to keep it healthy, resulting in one having to mown the lawn constantly, costing them money. The lack of fungi in the lawn prevents mycorrhizae from forming, and these are healthy (for both the plant and the fungus!) symbiotic relationships between the mycelium of the mushroom and the roots of some plants. In short, most lawns have only one species of grass, and this is bad for both the environment and the lawn\\\'s owner.

Our Plan

I am asking the members of Rainbow Lawns to diversify their lawns. Here\'s how: Your lawn should be, as the name says, rainbow! It should have red roses and red maple trees, orange fungi and fall leaves that are left alone, yellow leaves and decomposing grass, green grass and weeds, blue flowers and fungi, indigo hyacinths, and purple slime molds. Of course you don\'t need to have ALL the colors, but at least have 4. Please don\'t use pesticides of any kind. This hurts whatever life that is thriving in your lawn. It\'s okay to mow, just make sure your mower is on the highest setting when cutting. You don\'t want short, stubby, grass! Also, don\'t blow leaves off you lawn. Decomposing matter is an amazing fertilizer. Plus, helpful insects, like ladybugs hibernate in them, and when you blow, you\'re wasting energy. If you are really desperate, use a rake and leave any insects in the leaves alone.

Themes Addressed

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    Biodiversity Loss
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The Benefit

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