Episode 133: Is it time to turn your lawn into a biodiverse meadow? In this interview with John Greenlee, we learn about the many benefits of meadow gardens. An expert in grass ecology and sustainable design, John is the author of the books The American Meadow Garden and The Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses.
John Greenlee says meadows are the “places you want to be, sunny, soft, and human-friendly.” They are also an excellent replacement for the typical turf lawn.
In this interview, John asks a fundamental question, “Are we just decorating the planet or are we creating habitat?” He outlines how he readies land for planting a meadow, inorganic and organic methods of soil preparation, what grasses work where, plant driven design, and why meadow lawns are a boon to the ecosystem.
John also talks about different types of meadows and how to add an edible component to meadows including Heirloom Grains, Berries, and Root Herbs like Salsify.
To learn more, visit John’s website Greenlee and Associates. com
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