How to get started:
Make an assessment of your lawn. Ask yourself what parts you use and what parts you don’t. Are there areas where you struggle to get grass to grow well? Keep the lawn that you use for relaxing and playing outdoors, and convert the rest to landscaping. You don’t have to do this all at once. Start by planting a tree or shrub. Expand areas that are already landscaped.
Also consider mowing your lawn less frequently, particularly in April and May when spring ephemerals pop up in the lawn. As suggested by the “No Mow May Movement”, you can support pollinators by delaying mowing while the spring flowers (such as violets) are blooming.
Photos by Susan O'Donnell