They say the difference between a flower and a weed is a judgment, but increasingly for lawn owners across the US it’s a lot of judgment and “beauty” is in the eye of your neighbor...or worse, your HOA. 

Living communities, local jurisdictions and nuisance-reporting neighbors all enforce their own subjective standards, with homeowners facing steep fines and legal citations if they don’t conform or can’t defend their yard.

We’re here to set the record straight on native plants, pocket prairies and their importance for our planet and your neighborhoods.

Native plants aren’t just foods and flowers for birds and bees, they’re critical components of our natural environment that have grown symbiotically with turfgrass on this continent for centuries, securing the soil, protecting our prairies, and fending off floods.

Unsurprisingly, exotic plants don’t settle as well in the soil, often struggling to establish strong enough root systems to survive without regular supplemental watering and fertilization. Often, these plants become invasive and destructive to the natural habitats. 

Native plants, on the other hand, are much better adapted to their region’s loam. Their roots penetrate further into the soil, preventing erosion and tapping into a broader base of groundwater they can use to fuel and cool themselves.

Of course, the reality is that we have a beautiful array of lawns and gardens filled with a mix of turf, exotic and native plants and the answer is not to brutally uproot our new normal.

Instead, let's strive for balance.

Let's embrace lush, green lawns–when grown with natural inputs not toxic, harmful chemicals–while encouraging each other to plant native foods and flowers.

Let's compromise on our judgments–rather than our health–reserving nuisance reports for safety concerns, not eye sores.

If you’re already growing a pocket prairie or just want to take care of your lawn organically, we formulated All-in-One Grass & Garden all-purpose fertilizer and Liquid Lush soil conditioner to work for all major grass types and plant varieties so you can spray at ease across your entire yard and garden.

Pierce O’Donnell