Image by Teresa Golden

Meadows on Nature Calls: Conversations from the Hudson Valley

Episode 75: Meadows

A meadow can be defined as a piece of land covered with mostly grass and often wildflowers in it. Meadows provide cover, food, and nesting sites for birds, insects, and other wildlife. They can be thought of a way to provide food security for pollinators. These grasslands also help to absorb stormwater runoff, helping prevent flooding and soil erosion.

So how can you start a meadow? How do maintain one? Are there specific native species and/or sedges that should be planted to create a meadow? What are realistic expectations when starting a meadow or trying to increase biodiversity within one? How can you best manage the appearance of a meadow?

Join Caleb White and Debra Wren to get answers to these questions and more on this week’s edition of the podcast, Nature Calls: Conversations from the Hudson Valley . Their focus at New Leaf Ecological Landscapes is on converting lawns and otherwise barren spaces into native meadows and wooded areas utilizing native trees, shrubs, plants, and grasses.


Hosts: Tim Kennelty and Jean Thomas

Guests: Caleb White and Debra Wren

Photo by: Teresa Golden

Production Support: Linda Aydlett, Teresa Golden, Annie Scibienski

Resources: New Leaf Ecological Landscapes

Last updated June 29, 2023