The Natural Meadow
A natural meadow and a prairie ecosystem develop 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, which will encourage clump-forming grasses and wildflowers to take over. The cutting and removal of clippings will also prevent shrubbery to move in. If you keep repeating the process of mowing and removing the clippings, your meadow will become more biodiverse and colorful over time.