The lawn is a mainstay of home landscapes, but if you're looking for something different, you can find attractive alternatives to the typical grass yard.
There are reasons turfgrass lawns are popular. They reduce erosion, absorb pollutants and provide a place for family activities. However, a lawn is not desirable or practical for everyone. You may want to avoid spending the time, effort or money required to care for a lawn. Keeping a lawn properly watered might be difficult or impossible. Or you may simply want a look that's more visually pleasing to you than a traditional lawn.
As with any landscaping project, preparation is key to a successful outcome:
A trip through the garden center will give you examples of plants that thrive in your area.
One alternative to a traditional lawn is a landscape with a variety of vegetation. There are several plant types that make good replacements for turfgrass:
If you want to reduce the living landscape and much of the maintenance that comes with it, you still have a variety of eye-catching options:
Combining organic and inorganic elements helps you create your own look and define the level of maintenance you want to support. There are many possible combinations, such as:
You can even keep a patch of turfgrass among your lawn alternatives. The smaller area of grass will be easier to maintain than a full-size lawn and may satisfy local landscape requirements. Keeping an area of lawn may also be more acceptable to neighbors than a complete transformation of your yard.
While you plan your lawn transformation, keep these tips in mind:
Redesigning your landscape is a good opportunity to add outdoor lighting and draw attention to your yard after the sun goes down.