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Floral Lawns: Developing and Evaluating a Residential Lawn Alternative for Southern Ontario

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dc.contributor.advisor Brown, Robert D. Williams, Laura 2016-05-10T17:47:37Z 2016-05-10T17:47:37Z 2016-04 2016-04-27 2016-05-10
dc.description.abstract Residential landscapes in Canada and the U.S. are dominated by turfgrass. The consequences of this include diminished biodiversity, reduced rainwater infiltration, increased irrigation and widespread overuse of fertilizers and pesticides that degrade water quality and impact wildlife populations. This study develops and evaluates a lawn alternative that achieves functional and aesthetic performance similar to turfgrass while addressing the limitations of lawns. Floral lawns – designed and developed using a selection of low-growing herbaceous perennials adapted for the conditions of southern Ontario – were displayed at Canada Blooms 2016 and evaluated by a questionnaire administered at the event. Results of the study found no significant relationships between demographics and preference for the floral lawn. 77.6% of respondents preferred the appearance of the floral lawn over turfgrass and artificial turf; 75.4% would consider installing a floral lawn. This study could help alter the North American reliance on turfgrass lawns in residential applications. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Guelph Healthy Landscapes, Dr. Robert Brown en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Guelph en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada *
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dc.subject landscape architecture en_US
dc.subject residential landscape design en_US
dc.subject Low Impact Development (LID) en_US
dc.subject plant communities en_US
dc.subject green infrastructure en_US
dc.title Floral Lawns: Developing and Evaluating a Residential Lawn Alternative for Southern Ontario en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Landscape Architecture en_US Master of Landscape Architecture en_US School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US University of Guelph en_US

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