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Lawns are Insect Food Deserts

Updated: May 7, 2021

A recent article by Brian Lovett, The Conversation

Published Mar 27, 2021, delineated the "bold" steps that you can take that will benefit pollinators.

"Entomologists have a recommendation: Dig up some fraction of your lawn and convert it into a meadow by replacing grass with native wildflowers."

In 2005, NASA observed that lawns in the United States covered at least 50,000 square miles. That's roughly the size of Mississippi. That's a lot of grass. That's huge amount of water needed. That's a massive amount of "desert" to an insect.

Lawn has been proven to be wasteful in many ways - water, footprint, and energy, to name a few. The aesthetics do not outweigh the detriments. There just isn't enough reward for the cost.

Additionally, lawns are unappetizing to pollinators. They can't eat it and so they avoid it even when there are pollen and nectar rich areas planted nearby.

Consider the size of an insect. If they have to fly what would be 100 miles to us, in order to get a small bite of food, they are smart to avoid it. It is like you or me traveling across a vast desert for a bowl of oatmeal when you can get a steak dinner just down the street. You probably wouldn't opt for a hard trek and dehydration for such a low reward.

While, isn't going to change people's habits on yard use or public area land management, we do aim to create areas that allow the pollinators to have a "steak dinner" along the migration path that they instinctively follow.

Our solution will help restore the pollinators that continue to die off at unprecedented rates.

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