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Meadowscaping Makes It Better

Better Me, Better Community, Better World

At American Meadows, we’re committed to helping people transform their yards for the better – to better ourselves as individuals, to brighten our communities, and to support a thriving environment.

The meadowscaping movement is upon us - can you feel it? When we meadowscape, we dig in. Become a force of good, a friend to the community who brings beauty into the lives of everyone who passes by, and an advocate for pollinators and the environment.

We want to help as many people as possible transform their yards for the better. It’s time to reconsider the traditional American lawn, and imagine all the ways your yard can be transformed into a space for doing good.

How does meadowscaping make it better? Read on, learn more, and dig in!

Meadowscaping Makes It Better: Me, My Community, The World
An American Meadows employee digging in at a community pollinator garden
An American Meadows employee digging in at a community pollinator garden

Meadowscaping Makes It Better - For Me

Meadowscaping is a physical, spiritual, and socially enriching experience.

Working in the dirt, breathing fresh air, and moving your body are all ways that digging in will contribute to your personal well-being. Spending time outside, especially when you're able to connect with nature, is a perfect way to relax your mind and body, slow down, and decompress from our increasingly busy lives. 

Studies show that spending time around plants reduces stress hormones. Spending time in nature is proven to help us heal, help improve our mood, and help improve our cognitive function and memory. Gardening for just an hour a week isn't just good for the soul, it's good for your heart healthy too!

You can start small, and dream big - when you’re growing plants, there is always something to look forward to! Even a rainy day takes on new meaning when you know the rain will encourage flowers to bloom. 

No matter how large or small your yard is, you can dig in! Whether you have a rooftop garden, a parking strip, or a big backyard as your canvas, it's amazing what you can do when you dig in. We encourage everyone to sow seeds, grow new plants, and enjoy the magic of meadowscaping.

An American Meadows customer shared this photo of the sidewalk gardens brightening their neighborhood
An American Meadows customer shared this photo of the sidewalk gardens brightening their neighborhood

Meadowscaping Makes It Better - For My Community

When we dig in, we foster unlikely friendships and create shared beauty.

When your yard is bursting with blooms, it will light up your neighborhood - and those flowers are sure to bring a smile to anyone who passes by! 

Meadowscaping also enlivens communities and creates opportunities for friendship and connection. Whether you're sharing seeds, sharing a freshly cut bouquet of homegrown flowers, or sharing a conversation with a neighbor about plants and gardening tips, meadowscaping can help you connect to the community around you. 

Plus, plants and nature are proven to improve the physical places we inhabit. Studies show that people who spend time around plants have increased feelings of compassion and have better relationships with others. Plus, plants (especially flowers) make public spaces more beautiful while having a positive effect on the people who enjoy them. 

American Meadows employees dig in together at a local community garden, where they're planting a garden for pollinators
American Meadows employees dig in together at a local community garden, where they're planting a garden for pollinators

At American Meadows, our team loves to garden, and we all have stories of connection! For instance, when one of us started digging up our front lawn for more flower beds, it prompted a neighbor to come over with advice and to share Zinnia seeds from their own garden.

Another employee is famous for bringing home-grown bouquets wherever she goes, to share with friends and family.

When one of our owners replaced his front lawn with a garden, he soon found a note in his mailbox from a neighbor - they had left a letter to say how much they admired his family’s garden as they passed by each day.

Dig in and brighten your community!

 

An American Meadows customer sent this photo of a wildflower meadow, with birdhouses to encourage birds to make the meadow their home
An American Meadows customer sent this photo of a wildflower meadow, with birdhouses to encourage birds to make the meadow their home

Meadowscaping Makes It Better - For The World

Meadowscaping supports biodiverse ecosystems humming with life.

Meadowscaping incorporates a diverse mix of plants, which in turn creates habitat for pollinators and wildlife. When it comes to our neighborhoods, towns, and beyond, every yard makes a difference when it comes to supporting a thriving environment!

This is especially true for yards that are starting out with traditional turf lawns. You can go from a monoculture or "dead zone" lawn that doesn't support any life, to a yard that is an oasis for bees, butterflies, birds, dragonflies and more. Picture butterflies dancing across your meadow, and birds filling the air with song. 

There are even more ways your yard can contribute to a healthy environment. By reducing or eliminating your lawn, you can reduce or eliminate the need for pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides, mowing, and maintenance. This helps toxic chemicals out of our environment, reduces sound pollution, and reduces the use of fuel for lawn maintenance.

Plus, wildflowers and lawn alternatives typically require significantly less water compared to turf lawns, which can use up to half of a typical home's water bill! 

Meadowscaping Makes It Better - Dig In!

In spaces large or small, you can all dig in to enjoy the benefits of growing plants. Not only will you feel better, but you will improve your community and bring joy to others. You can make the world a better place, with meadowscaping.

Milkweed is the host plant for Monarch butterflies. We can all create pollinator habitat in our yard - no matter how big or small our outdoor space is.
Milkweed is the host plant for Monarch butterflies. We can all create pollinator habitat in our yard - no matter how big or small our outdoor space is.

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