The Natural Meadow
A natural flower meadow and/or a prairie ecosystem develops after fires, grazing or by haying practices. When carpet forming lawn grasses are cut less often, they will invest more in vertical and less in horizontal growth, and after flowering and setting seed these grasses lose rigor or die off. This will encourage clump-forming grasses and wildflowers to take over. But for these new species to enter your meadow they need exposed soil. So we shouldn’t just cut the grass but also remove clippings. Removing the clippings will allow better access to the soil, remove nitrogens and have sunlight enter the deeper parts in the meadow. If you keep repeating the process of mowing and removing the clippings, your meadow will become more biodiverse and colorful over time.