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Native Meadows

Native meadows are increasingly popular for their ecological benefits and lower maintenance requirements. The biodiversity aspects are typically composed of a diverse range of indigenous plants and local wildlife, including pollinators and birds and are more resilient to pests and diseases and require less maintenance, no pesticides, no fertilizers, and no irrigation after establishment 

 

A native meadow exemplifies a core tenet of Common Ground Earth - diversity. Just as plant diversity in a native meadow results in better health of the earth, CGE encourages a mix of diverse people, industries, perspectives, and expertise to be involved in our mission. After all, we all live on common ground - the earth.

 

Benefits from the diverse plant population in a native meadow include:

 

 

  • Reduced maintenance = Reduced cost

  • Reduced use of pesticides and fertilizer

  • Reduced noise pollution (less mowing)

  • Reduced air pollution (less mowing)

  • Reduced water use (native plants are adapted to the local climate)

  • Reduced fuel use and pollution from fuel spills and leaks with fuel-powered equipment 

  • Improved plant diversity = improved population of pollinators

  • Improved stormwater management and soil permeability

  • Native plants are adapted to the local environment, making them more resilient and requiring fewer resources to thrive. 

 

 

CGE is focused on partnering with landowners and  community organizations (faith based organizations, homeowner associations, retirement communities) to  implement  demonstration projects promoting nature-based solutions such as native meadows. We are  actively engaged in the development and implementation of field test plots to facilitate the advancement of  practice  for lawn to meadow conversion  in various settings (maintained lawns in suburban settings, agricultural  fields with grassed drainage areas and crop field buffers and other applications).

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Pollinator Gardens

Many types of food are grown from being pollinated by insects, birds, and other pollinators. Here are some common examples: Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, Legumes, Spices, Oils, Coffee and Cocoa, Herbs, Oilseeds & Berries.

 

These crops and many others rely on pollinators to transfer pollen from the male flower parts (anthers) to the female flower parts (stigma), which is essential for fertilization and fruit or seed development. Without pollinators, the yield and quality of these crops would be greatly reduced, which would have significant implications for agriculture and food production worldwide.

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Nature Based Storm Water Management Practices

Rain gardens are designed to help manage stormwater in an environmentally friendly way. Overall, rain gardens are a sustainable and effective way to manage stormwater, reduce pollution, and mitigate the negative impacts of urbanization on local hydrology.

 

Permeable Pavements allow water to seep through the surface, reducing runoff and promoting groundwater recharge. They filter pollutants and contaminants from rainwater, enhancing water quality before it enters natural water bodies.

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