If you want to reduce your mowing, there are lots of landscaping options to help you out: trees, shrubs, groundcover, flowers, edible plants, and low-mow grasses. You can also design your low-mow space in such a way as to attract hummingbirds and other birds, bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects (there's even a wasp that will kill Japanese beetles!).
Here are some great resources for more information:
Phrases to search for: Arbor Day, backyard wildlife, ecosystem services, Greenscapes Program, Growing Power, invasive plants, Kentucky native plants, Kentucky Native Plant Society, Kentucky trees, landscaping, native plants, natural landscaping, permaculture, pest control, pesticide programs, SPIN Farming, sustainable gardening, sustainable sites, urban ecology, weed control, Wild Ones.
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