The St. Louis chapter of Wild Ones now has a DVD of “Urban & Suburban Meadows,” produced by Catherine Zimmerman. It begins by showing the drawbacks of traditional lawns. Here is an excerpt:
In addition to explaining why meadows are a lower maintenance landscape in the long run, the video includes detailed how-to information on site preparation and planting options. There is a brief presentation by Doug Tallamy, our favorite entomologist, highlighting the importance of insects to our ecosystem.
Lots of great before and after views round out the presentation, although overall the video is heavier on the “how to” and lighter on the “why” of meadows. We would highly recommend it for anyone thinking about creating a meadow, as it fully covers what to do and what to expect.
Wild Ones members may borrow the DVD for personal viewing or to show to garden clubs or other groups. If you’re interested, contact Fran Glass.