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UDaily: UD professor touts benefits of adding meadows to landscapes

UDaily: UD professor touts benefits of adding meadows to landscapes

Instead of simple traditional lawns, the University of Delaware’s Sue Barton is asking local homeowners to consider meadows to increase ecosystem services and add aesthetic beauty to landscapes. Barton, associate professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said that homeowners with larger yards -- one or more acres -- should especially consider growing meadows instead of lawns.

The benefits of having a meadow include more plant and wildlife diversity, better water penetration and deeper root systems to filter water, Barton said. Meadows also increase pollinators and are beautiful if properly maintained.

Some people may hear about installing a meadow and assume that it means they can just stop cutting their grass, letting it grow long and wild, but Barton said that’s not the case.