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Prairie lawns help Nebraskans promote biodiversity

In the midst of drought, during the state's driest year on record, homeowners struggle to maintain the ideal image of the impeccably manicured, emerald-green front yard.

As the weather turns to fall and Nebraskans finish up summer's final yard work and prepare their lawns for cold weather, many may find themselves frustrated with brown, patchy grass or struggling garden beds.

An alternative landscape is growing in popularity among those who find themselves tired of grass upkeep and hesitant of heavy water usage: the prairie lawn.

Also commonly referred to as natural gardens, residential prairi...


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