Mary Baldwin College's Cannon Hill has been planted with native grasses.
The grass is greener and more natural on the campus of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton. Native grasses are growing on the slope of Cannon Hill.
The college planted the grasses, sunflowers, and wildflowers on nearly an acre. The cover crop provides a natural habitat for animals and birds and prevents erosion from stormwater runoff. But the green benefits are also saving Mary Baldwin money and gas.
"One of the environmental benefits of these plants is that they don't need to be mowed," explained Mary Baldwin Director of Facilities Management Brent Douglass. "These native grasses planted behind me are basically mowed once a year and then they come back from seed each year and regenerate."
Mary Baldwin plans to cover at least eight acres with native grasses in phases starting in June of next year.