What is an ecolawn?
An ecological lawn, or ecolawn, is a reduced input alternative to a conventional mowed grass lawn. While numerous possibilities for an ecolawn exist, they all include multiple low-growing herbaceous plants that work well together and require less mowing, fertilizer and irrigation. In addition to reducing maintenance and resource utilization, they also provide important habitat for pollinators like bees and butterflies.
Help us find examples!
We are looking for examples of beautiful ecolawns throughout western Oregon. A few requirements:
- Includes 3 or more different herbaceous broadleaf plants; additional grasses optional
- Mutually compatible and ecologically stable when grown together
- Installed for 2+ years (Spring 2021 or earlier)
- All or most plants less than 1 foot in height
- Looks good all year (and most of your neighbors would agree that it looks good 😊)
- Needs little to no water to stay green through dry summer months
- Little mowing (once per month to once per year)
- Little or no fertilizer and no pesticides following installation
We want to find, understand and share your (or your neighbor’s) ecolawn. Ecolawns are part of a more sustainable future for Oregon. If you have a good example, please email 2-3 photos and contact information to Dr. Phil Allen, Visiting Professor in Horticulture at Oregon State University: firstname.lastname@example.org