LINCOLN, Neb. — Parks workers in Lincoln are taking a more artistic approach to mowing to differentiate between short- and long-grass areas.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports ( ) the work is an effort to aid the environment and save the city money, as workers reduce mowing in parts of a number of parks.

Crews began reducing mowing more than a decade ago. That led to complaints from residents, so officials hope the new more artful mowing will better set off the distinction between more manicured and natural areas.

But allowing long grass on about 850 acres of parkland, the city saves an estimated $422,000 annually.

The longer grass also stabilizes areas near streams and reduces pollution.

The city now is planning to plant more native grasses in long-grass areas.

Information from: Lincoln Journal Star,

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