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Green Tips

Green Tip #30
Reduce Your Lawn and Help Wildlife

Unlike many native plants, traditional American lawns do not provide a good source of food or habitat for most types of wildlife. Native trees, shrubs, ground cover, prairie or meadow patches, flower beds, and attractively mulched areas are better environmental choices, for people and wildlife.

Here are some reasons to reduce your lawn:

  • Save time and money that you would normally spend on mowing and fertilizing grass.
  • Provide habitat and food for wildlife.
  • Conserve water.
  • Reduce lawn mower pollution and decrease run-off from fertilizers and pesticides.

Ways to reduce your lawn and help wildlife

  • Use native plant species as ground cover instead of grass
  • Install native trees and shrubs
  • Create a water garden or pond
  • Create a rock garden
  • Use mulched paths

For more information from the National Wildlife Federation, visit: www.nwf.org/gardenforwildlife.

 

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What can you do at the Nature Center?

Visit Our Conservation Areas

Rock Springs Conservation Area
Friends Creek Conservation Area
Sand Creek Conservation Area
Griswold Conservation Area
Fort Daniel Conservation Area

 

 

The Macon County Conservation District invites you to visit the many natural areas in Macon County, Illinois, including Rock Springs Nature Center, which offers nature programs, special activities, nature hikes, summer camps, music programs, conference rooms for all ages throughout the year in Decatur, Illinois.
Macon County Conservation District
3939 Nearing Lane
Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 423-7708
mccd@maconcountyconservation.com

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