Landscaping for Ecosystem Services

Urban Meadows

urban meadowDesignated areas around campus are mowed two to three times a year to encourage the development of an urban meadow. Urban meadows promote natural regeneration, leading to increased  biodiversity, improved water quality, and a reduction in stormwater runoff and soil erosion. In addition, less frequent mowing reduces fuel and equipment usage, saving money and improving air quality.

This form of landscaping encourages grass and other plants to grow tall, with greater numbers of wildflowers and other native plants. Taller and more diverse vegetation improves habitat conditions for native species of plants and wildlife, including birds and butterflies. View a map of Yale’s Urban Meadows.