Sustainable Lawns for Urban Parks

One morning in late August, Toby Wolf took a walk around Boston Common with plant and soil scientist Normand Helie. With Boston undergoing extreme drought and the Common’s lawns a patchwork of brown and green, they discussed the ways that grass adapts to changes in its environment and some ways that responsive maintenance can support rather than override those adaptations.

Toby's walk with Norm resulted in a short article that outlines six sustainable practices that can help urban lawns adapt to drought. Many thanks to Norm for his insights, and to the Friends of the Public Garden for publishing the article in their newsletter and their blog.