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Tired of mowing? Maybe no grass is a better option

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This hour, landscape designers discuss replacing grass lawns with shrubs and other native plants.

Live call-in discussion: Vermonters love their yards and parks, but keeping grass green and mowed comes with a price.

As climate change and drought make water an increasingly valuable resource, many people are rethinking how much grass makes sense. Trends like No Mow May aim to let lawns grow longer for part of the year, creating friendlier habitats for birds, insects and wildlife. Now, some landscape designers are suggesting decreasing or even eliminating grass altogether.

This hour, we'll explore the process of replacing grass with shrubs and other native plants, as well as other ecological landscaping options. We'll also hear how letting grass grow longer or decreasing lawns affects water quality, specifically in Lake Champlain.

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Broadcast live at noon on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022.

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Mikaela Lefrak joined Vermont Public in 2021 as co-host and senior producer of Vermont Edition. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The World and Here & Now. A seasoned local reporter, Mikaela has won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a Public Media Journalists Association award for her work.
Tedra joined Vermont Public as a producer for Vermont Edition in January 2022. Before moving to Vermont, she was a journalist in New York City for 20 years. She has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University.