Landscape designer Owen Wormser is making the case for turning lawns into meadows in his new book. In a world where lawns have wreaked havoc on our natural ecosystems, meadows offer a compelling solution: they establish wildlife and pollinator habitats. They’re low-maintenance and low-cost. They have a built-in resilience that helps them weather climate extremes, and they can draw down and store far more carbon dioxide than any manicured lawn.
In his new book, Lawns Into Meadows, Owen Wormser creates a clear guide for experienced and beginner gardeners alike to transform their monocrop lawns into beautiful, life-giving meadows.
Douglas W. Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home and Nature's Best Hope wrote:It’s time to rebuild meadows wherever we can, including the deadscape we call lawn. Owen Wormser explains why, and how to do this, with oodles of highly readable, ecologically sound advice.
You can learn more about Lawns Into Meadows, read an excerpt here, and buy it here or anywhere where books are sold.
Lawns into Meadows by Owen Wormser
Growing a regenerative landscape
I give this book 9 out of 10 acorns. Great book.
If you are interested in turning your lawn into a beautiful, sustainable, wildlife promoting, greenhouse gas limiting, pollination supporting meadow, this is the book for you.
He starts off explaining about how he became interested in meadows. He explains the benefits of them, why we don’t have as many as we used to, and why having more meadows would make us a healthier and more beautiful society. Wormser talks about why some people have not succeeded in making meadows work, and what are the crucial sequences that make them easier to create. He talks about soil, hardiness, sunlight and weeds. Then he goes into detail on several of the most crucial grasses and flowers that can be grown in a meadow and when to choose them. He talks about preparing the field, planting, maintaining the meadow, how to connect with the community, and answers questions that will likely come up.
The only criticism I would have of the book is if you were looking for edible or medicinal qualities of meadow plants, there is not much information here about that. Wormser never intended for it to be that kind of book, so it’s really more of a clarification than a criticism.
Overall, this book does an excellent job of giving you the information you need to start a meadow.