For decades nothing has epitomised the great Aussie outdoor lifestyle more than the ubiquitous lawn. Green, lush, cool and iconic they feature in all manner of gardens across this diverse continent. But this love affair ends with us humans. Often described as deserts, lawns do little for our local biodiversity, soil health or storm water management. In fact they can cause the perfect environment for pests to flourish, both flora and fauna kind.
This session will discuss the key issues in owning and managing a traditional lawn. It will cover –
- The resources used to maintain the classic lawn and why this is hard work and not sustainable.
- The problems lawns create for our local environment.
- Recognising what you want to achieve with a no mow lawn (manage differently, change the plant, or remove and revegetate altogether).
- What each of these approaches involves and the benefits they bring.
- Why faking it (artificial Turf) is never good a good option.
- Different plants to use as a lawn alternative, including laying, establishing and maintenance.
Presenter: Teresa Day
Teresa is the Learning and Training Manager at Sustainable Gardening Australia. With a passion for all things sustainable design, community development and environmental education. Teresa is also an avid home gardener, chicken keeper and forager keen to show how sustainable choices and lifestyle changes can be implemented.
Friends of SGA receive a 15% discount on all Master Classes. You can become a Friend of SGA here and GGPs receive a 30% discount.
What you will learn
- How individual's can manage their current lawn in an eco friendly way or alternatives options to the traditional lawn
What you will get
- Practical examples on how to forego your lawn, or what you can do to maximise its carbon storage and foraging potential if you have a lawn you love
What to bring
- No materials required
What to wear
No Dress Code
Lawn owners or anyone with green space and an interest in knowing the best way to get the most from your lawn or replace your lawn
Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) is a not-for-profit non-government organiation dedicated to achieving a healthy biodiverse planet.
Its driving purpose is to:
- Encourage, educate and enable home and professional gardeners to adopt sustainable gardening practices to protect or enhance the natural environment;
- Provide information, education and undertake research about the natural environment;
- Reconnect people to the natural world through gardening; and
- Ensure an understanding of the impacts that gardening decisions about chemical and resource use have on the natural environment well beyond their neighbourhood.
Cancellations & Refunds
You are entitled to a full refund.
Terms & Conditions
SGA’s Booking Conditions
- Bookings are considered final once payment is made and no refunds will be given for non-attendance.
- If there are insufficient numbers for an event it may be cancelled or postponed by SGA. If this is the case, you will be notified and given the option of either a full refund or a transfer to a different SGA event of equivalent value.
- Please arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled starting time for registration and seating