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Rewild Lawns

Rewild Lawns.

rewilding
Rewilding can be more or less formal looking. If it’s done well, the changes will last and ecosystem rewards begin immediately.

The push to rewild lawns is happening spontaneously as the wild spirit of humans awakens. Rewilding is a wonderful and relaxed form of land management that anyone with plant literacy and land can practice. Essentially it boils down to removing any invasive plants and letting the natural seed bank express itself.

Rewilding is not like formal garden development. A new garden bed is not created, and soil amending isn’t considered unless there’s major mineral deficiencies. There is of course quite a lot of subjective choice in the management standards. Can introduced plants that are not considered invasive be kept? At the rewilded back edge area of our wildflower farm, we leave Mullein when it spontaneously populates. Though technically introduced, Mullein passes the ecological test for that rare category called, “a naturalized plant.”

When you rewild lawns, there's an explosion of life all around!
When you remove the invasive plants, it’s neat to observe your native seed bank respond. Nature indeed abhors a vacuum.

Over the years your rewilding practice can evolve and refine itself. Here at the wildflower farm, in year 1 we simply removed all the invasive plants and watched what happened. We enjoyed the natural beauty of about 40 Heart Leaf Aster plants that spontaneously germinated, then thrived. In year 2 there was a lot of native-but-aggressive Pokeweed. Year 3 we decided to remove some of the Pokeweed to give the Asters and other natives more space. Native-but-edible weeds like Lamb’s Quarter and Amaranth grew rapidly. A Sumac sprung up and became 7 feet in height quickly.

native plant heartleaf aster
September 2020 in our restored habitat edge. This Heartleaf Aster, aka Bluewood Aster or Symphotrichum cordifolium was waiting dormant in the lawn until we rewilded the area. Ecotype seed is precious!

Rewild Lawns for the Future.

Going into our 4th season at the new farm, we plan to take a more active and involved approach. We’ll manage the native “weeds” more intentionally. Over the winter we seeded the rewild zone heavily with native perennial wildflower seeds. We relocated multiple pounds of wildflower seed harvested from other flower farm spaces. We hope to manage the Amaranth and Lamb’s Quarters by the cutting method. It will be fun to see what comes up.

How to hire Jessecology for your rewild lawn project:

We’d love to meet you! Certainly, our team can rewild some lawn into real nature for you. Please fill out our customer intake form and we’ll be in touch soon.