In the days of the old prairie, its perennial members reveled in dormancy and cast their seeds with a starry eye and a mind full of hope toward the next vernal season. Returning each growing season only from seed, those with a monocarpic life cycle, such as the obligate annuals, have no rooted memory of […]
The following essay is reprinted from Grass Roots: The Universe of Home by Paul Gruchow. A big thank you goes to Milkweed Editions for granting me permission to use this wonderful essay.
In a previous post, I talked about how mowing and its conjoined evil twin, the European-influenced lawn, destroys biological diversity and makes no logical or economical sense. This post will show how such an outdated mindset can cause permanent damage to prairies.