When Ken Shafer began building a home on a wooded lot inside Wooster city limits, he knew he wanted to say goodbye to his lawnmower. No turf grass! Since that time, Ken has worked to naturalize areas of his suburban property. He has become a strong proponent of native plants, stating that it is better to work with nature than to try to force plants to grow where they don't belong. Ken has also been inspired by the natural springs on his property and the slope of his land to create a vernal pool and bio-swales. He refers to these different areas as microhabitats, and enjoys the discoveries that each provides throughout the changing seasons.