Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I used to have a lawn, but now I have…

A sanctuary.
A sanctuary where I can garden.

A sanctuary where I use clover to add nitrogen to the soil.

A sanctuary where I don't have to try and mow that tiny strip of land between the sidewalk and the street.

A sanctuary where my dogs can play without fear of health risks caused by herbicides and pesticides.

A sanctuary where pollinators likes this bee are safe.

A sanctuary where spiders can hunt.

A sanctuary where insects can mate.

A sanctuary where insects can grow up.

A sanctuary for this shield bug.

A sanctuary for this bee that is threatened by loss of native plants and habitat.

A sanctuary for this bee that is threatened by overuse of pesticides.

A sanctuary where I can try to save a small part of the world.

Thanks to Blue Planet Garden Blog where you can look at the Sept. 13 post for links to other blogs on this topic. Thanks to the coalition that created Lawn Reform, a website to help decrease the negative impact on modern lawn practices on the environment by reducing lawn size, reducing chemical dependency of lawn and introducing alternatives to the current practices and plants. Please also check out the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, you've heard how honeybees are in trouble, well they aren't the only insects out there that are in decline. Native pollinators include native bees that pollinate home gardens as well as some (well managed) commercial crops and the ever charismatic butterflies.


  1. Diana, what a lovely post.

    Your garden is a wonderful reminder that even though we are the ones that create them, our gardens are for more than just us humans.

    Thank you for linking to the lawn reform post. Susan

  2. I love your sanctuary for nature! It's one thing to hear that replacing a lawn can invite nature to your home, but much more effective to see it demonstrated in your great pictures. In addition to being friendlier to nature, your garden looks so much more interesting and varied than one that's all lawn. Good job!