letting a lawn revert to the wild
I just discovered Garden Web and it looks like a wonderful place. This is my first post and I hope I have the right forum.
My mother lives in rural upstate NY and has a one acre plot that we have been maintaining as a lawn for many years. Now that we are grown and she lives alone, she is thinking of letting a large part of it go wild. The obvious immediate benefit is that there will be that much less to mow and maintain. But she would also like for the local wildlife to be able to come closer to the house (our property is backed by former pasture now turned meadow) and would like to be enjoy local wildflowers. And there should be minimal maintenance required. So I have a couple of questions:
First, would this make it a meadow/prairie garden (and if not, which forum should I post to?)
And second, can you point to to some resources that would tell us how to proceed. I suppose the easiest thing to do is just to stop mowing it. But from what I read here, the tall grasses would quickly take over and crowd out wildflowers, and then there is the queston of having to resow the local species...
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!