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Photo: Per-Boge (Shutterstock) Traditional lawns—as in, the ones that require ripping up a piece of land, removing any plant life, and then planting and growing a uniform type of grass, which society dictates must be maintained in a certain way—are not the only option for your yard. (For more background, read Lifehacker writer A.A. Newton’s lawn explainer /takedown from September.) One of those options is what’s known as a “bee lawn,” which has elements of a traditional lawn, but is better for the environment (including bees). Here’s what to know and how to grow one. What is a ‘bee lawn’? We need bees to pollinate our plants and crops—including much of the food we eat—so it’s in our best interest to keep them around. And one way to do that is by planting and maintaining a bee lawn, which is a combination of low-growing flowers and turf grasses, according to the Minnesota Horticultural Society . Yes, some of those low-growing flowering plants are what we’ve been conditioned to believe are “weeds,” so if you have a lawn traditionalist in your household or neighborhood, they may not be thrilled with your bee lawn (even though they’re benefitting from it). But, it’s still up to you to decide how to maintain the lawn—and that can include mowing it as you usually would. In fact, the Minnesota Horticultural Society says that the ideal height of a bee lawn is three inches. Everything—including the flowering plants—will grow right back. And bee lawns aren’t […]