Here are some alternative choices of grass for a beautiful, green yard
Traditional grass lawns are, well, traditional. There are no laws of nature saying that you have to plant conventional grasses. There are other low-growing plants that require less maintenance, fewer chemicals and fertilizer and less water to maintain. Want to golf on Sunday afternoon or mow the lawn? If you answered the former, here are some alternative choices for a beautiful, green yard.
GROUNDCOVER – Areas planted with groundcover need very little attention. They spread across the lawn but maintain a low height which eliminates constant cutting. Some perennial ground covers include alyssum, verbena, bishops weed and juniper. Groundcovers will need edging to contain them. Research online or check with your local nursery for the best options for your region.
CLOVER – Clover grows quickly and easily, choking out weeds and even enriching the soil. It is low maintenance, requires no fertilizer, maintains a green color even during the driest days of summer, and is inexpensive and soft to walk on. Dutch White clover is most suitable for lawn use.
MOSS – For shady lawns or shady areas of your lawn, moss is a viable alternative to traditional grass. Moss is low growing and dense and also grows well where the soil is hard and compacted. Moss has no root system, deriving its nutrients from the air. Moss is also a great option for placement between the pavers in your patio. This look adds authentic age and old-world charm, and will compliment traditional Patio Furniture made from Wrought Iron or Cast Aluminum.
It you are queasy about completely changing your landscape, remember it isn’t necessary to replace your entire lawn with grass alternatives. You can designate areas, particularly if you have a large lawn, to eliminate some of the care your lawn requires.
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