Created By: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Meadows can be really beautiful, but in the context of a yard they can look unkempt, or even weedy. Mowing a thin strip along human paths, like streets and sidewalks, is a clear cue to onlookers that the property is actively managed and can transform “untidy” into elegant. Here at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York we maintain our fields this way, and it results in a lovely space, not only for wildlife–since most of the open areas are left to grow wild–but for visitors and staff who enjoy wandering the maintained pathways. To learn more about yard strategies that help to maximize habitat, explore this article. To learn more about native lawn, explore this article. To learn your options when choosing a mower, check this out.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Habitat Network: Improving Habitat at Home