Growing Instead of Mowing in Hartford’s Parks

Have you noticed areas in our parks that look like they have not been mowed in a while?  Low mow zones are planted with meadow plants instead of traditional turf, saving valuable staff time and money on lawn maintenance while absorbing runoff and providing habitat for wildlife. They reduce usage of fuel and equipment, which in turn reduces carbon dioxide emissions, protects the atmosphere and saves money.

Some of the benefits of low mow areas include:

  • Increasing and diversifying wildlife habitat in our parks by promoting wildflower and grassland growth.
  • Encouraging pollinator species of insects and birds, especially bees and butterflies.
  • Reducing the cost of maintenance and related fossil fuel consumption, while decreasing the suspension of dust and allergens.
  • Capturing stormwater runoff, filtering pollutants and increasing groundwater infiltration.

The next time you visit Keney, Goodwin, Pope, Colt, Elizabeth or Brackett Park, be on the lookout for these rich ecological oases in our midst. They may look unintentional, but in fact they are providing tremendous benefits to our environment, our budget and our health.

 

Photo: Keney Park Golf Course