Kill Your Lawn is about sharing my efforts to landscape my quarter-acre urban backyard to attract wildlife and hopefully inspire others to do the same. I think our backyards can house more wildlife than we think without looking “overgrown,” and I believe more wildlife in our cities will improve our quality of life. Natural areas offer intellectual diversion, sensory stimulation, opportunities for retreat that are so essential in the city, and an unparalleled learning environment. Entries in the blog will include reflections on the value of nearby wildlife in my life, features on plants and species that can be grown and attracted in the city, and experiences I find in the yard that I think are unique to a natural landscape.
I identify as an amateur naturalist. I gardened with my parents growing up and I spent four years working on a prairie restoration in Minnesota. Much of my knowledge I gathered from other people and read on my own in books. I hope creating and maintaining this blog is not only an inspiration to other gardeners and nature lovers but a an opportunity for me to continue learning about ecology, gardening, and habitat restoration as well.
I’ve always loved the outdoors. As a kid my favorite activities were hiking and camping and I did everything I could to spend time in wilderness areas. As I grew up and came to value the communities and resources that cities offered my thoughts turned to the ways that cities could better offer elements of the outdoor experience. When my wife and I bought our first house in Louisville, KY last year I finally had urban land to experiment with. It’s hard to be an outdoor enthusiast in a city, but I want to show we can do a much better job embracing the best of both worlds.