By Kim Charles

Benjamin Vogt from Nebraska, has made the bold transformation of going from lawn to designed prairie beds, resulting in high beauty with low maintenance.

"In the fall of 2014 I converted unused front lawn to designed prairie beds using 100% native plants to eastern Nebraska. Then, in the fall of 2015 I scalped and dethatched my back lawn. I overseeded with prairie grasses and flowers and used about 150 plugs.

This year both gardens are flourishing in unwatered, unfertilized, unamended clay soil. On my 1/4 acre lot I have 5,000 square feet of gardens! Almost all of it gets a March cut down and that's it for maintenance."

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