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Integrated Pest Management Program

Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Department of Extension

Turf and Landscape - Meadows

MEADOWS: An Alternative Management Strategy for Connecticut Landscapes

Some areas of Connecticut’s landscapes that are currently mown and managed as low-cut turf may be suitable to serve as a tall-grass meadow. Areas at property perimeters, near wetlands, or on slopes and uneven terrain may be costly to maintain at a low height of cut and a challenge to access. Replacing extraneous areas of lawn with native vegetation provides essential habitat for many species threatened by the rapid sprawl of suburban development. Transitioning such areas to meadows can alter the lawn design and yield positive financial and environmental benefits.


A meadow is a field of grasses and native wildflowers, which becomes self-sustaining and flourishes naturally over time. Creating a meadow incorporates native plants into the landscape and extends species diversity. Native meadow plants are resilient, adapted to the regional climate, and can survive adverse conditions. Meadows that are incorporated successfully into property management reduce maintenance expenses over time.

Learn more about how to create, install, and maintain a meadow:
Introduction to Meadows
Designing a Meadow

Preparing a Site and Planting a Meadow
How to Successfully Maintain a Meadow

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Victoria H. Wallace

Sustainable Turf & Landscape Extension Educator

University of Connecticut

562 New London Turnpike

Norwich, CT 06360

Phone: 860.885.2826
FAX: 860.886.1164

Donna Ellis

IPM Program Coordinator
Senior Extension Educator
Co-Chair, Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG)

University of Connecticut
Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4067
Storrs, CT 06269-4067

Phone: 860.486.6448
FAX: 860.486.0682
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