The Decatur Park District plans to start removing some of the neatly trimmed lawns on some of its properties and replace them with native prairie grasses. The park district will start small. It will spend several years introducing prairie grass on some of the 2,000 acres it has scattered around the city. Ryan Raleigh is director of operations for the district. He says the first step is using chemicals to kill the turf. Raleigh says that process alone could take two years and the areas where the turf has been killed won't look very nice. Then seeds are to be planted. It could be several more years before the native plants are established. The process won't start until later this year.
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