Transform lawn spaces into low maintenance native plant gardens and MIT community gardens

Tara Henrichon
February 8, 2016

Maintaining lawn spaces requires energy use (mowing equipment), water (which is often wasted watering sidewalks when jets are aligned properly) and often fertilizers. By opting to plant native plants and flowering shrubs, water use can be drastically reduced (once established). Native plants also provide benefit (food, shelter) to local wildlife and pollinators. Additionally, some of the lawn spaces could be redesigned to function as community garden space, allowing students/staff/faculty to grow vegetables and fruits - making use of the space and providing opportunities for the community to engage around food production.