[Taxacom] adaptation of plants to mowing

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Wed Aug 5 23:46:32 CDT 2020

Interesting article and nice to see the plant in question. I guess it would
be difficult to know if the spread is due to a change in lawn
management (less or no pesticides) or a genetic/ecological change in the
plant. Many years ago when visiting a family friend in New Brunswick,
Canada, I was much struck by the pure grass composition of the lawns. It
was my first experience of such unnecessary practices. No wonder there are
so many mystery illnesses. I am used to lawns where 'anything goes' as long
as it can withstand the lawnmower and casual indifference. Our current lawn
has so many species that without mowing it would revert to a mixed
herbaceous meadow within a year, and then probably the beginnings of a
forest the year after that.

John Grehan

On Thu, Aug 6, 2020 at 12:27 AM Frederick W. Schueler via Taxacom <
taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> wrote:

> * thank you everyone for the advice and help - here's the article -
> https://ngtimes.ca/golden-spangled-lawns/
> fred.
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> On 29-Jul.-20 10:13 p.m., Frederick W. Schueler via Taxacom wrote:
> > I'm writing an article for our local newspaper about the way low-growing
> > patches of Lotus corniculatus, Bird's-foot Trefoil, are spreading across
> > lawns in eastern Ontario. I've asked a botanists group, and have googled
> > around, but can't find any published research on this.
> >
> > Does anyone know of work done on plant species (other than Dandelions)
> > evolving low growth forms adapted to life on lawns? -  fred.
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