One of the practices that can easily be implemented on private land is a practice we call lawn conversion. This involves replacing lawn cover with trees or native meadows and eventually reducing mowing.
Mowed lawns are all too common throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed and do little to filter runoff, provide habitat for pollinators and other wildlife, or store carbon. By converting your lawn to native habitat, you can bring these environmental benefits of native habitat back to your own property, where you can also enjoy these wonderful species whenever you’d like. Use your own property to limit erosion, reduce runoff, provide habitat for native animals, and sequester carbon.
The Pennsylvania Lawn Conversion Project is open to all Pennsylvania landowners who own a property and meet the requirements below:
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Programs
Forests provide areas of wildlife habitat, shade, biodiversity, and respite. Lawn cover does not provide these benefits, so converting lawn to forest can have a big impact on you and the local environment. Another added benefit, is that over time, lawn mowing will be reduced when you convert from lawn to forest. This program is great if you want forest cover on an area larger than 0.5 areas with full support from the Alliance.
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Upland meadow habitat is full of pollinator and wildlife diversity; meadows provide diverse blooms and native grasses that are visually appealing while also being great for the local environment. Converting your lawn to meadow cover is a great option when trees aren’t quite the right fit or when you are looking to almost completely stop mowing within the first year of installation. This program is a good fit if you have an area larger than 0.5 acres that isn’t near a stream.
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If you are looking to convert an area smaller than 0.5 acres to either forest or meadow, these guides are right for you. They will walk you through the Alliance’s DIY Lawn Conversion programs and show you how to create a small future forest or meadow on your property, with technical assistance and material support from the Alliance.
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