Eco-Friendly Alternatives To A Grassy Lawn
Displaying a beautiful lawn is essential for the curb appeal of your property. However, if you’re anything like us, the thought of maintaining that lawn is a whole other conversation. There are a select few individuals who truly enjoy lawn maintenance, getting their hands dirty and working in their yards. For the rest of us, cutting the grass, applying fertilizer, and watering the lawn, fall into the category of household chores that sometimes, begrudgingly, must be done.
Here are several reasons NOT to have grass on your property:
- Grass lawns waste water.
- Lawns are resource-intensive, requiring regular mowing, fertilizing, and pesticide applications.
- Traditional grass lawns can contribute to the decline of pollinators, as they often lack the diverse flowers and plants needed to support these essential insects.
Yes, of course the outcome of a gorgeous lawn is well-worth the effort, but perhaps there’s a better choice for your property and lifestyle. If you’re looking for some new ideas to spruce up your yard without the hassle of maintaining a lush green lawn, here is a list of trendy eco-friendly options:
Creeping Thyme - Creeping thyme is drought-resistant and low-maintenance, which makes it easy to use as an alternative to traditional grass lawns. It requires significantly less watering and is well-suited for both dry or moist soil conditions. Creeping thyme is actually from the mint family and produces elegant minty aromas and attractive purple flowers. It spreads quickly, smothers weeds and is great for filling in pathways.
Corsican mint - Growing Corsican mint on your lawn offers the benefits of low maintenance, shade tolerance, and medicinal properties. As a ground cover, Corsican mint is perfect for garden paths and walkways by providing a bright green and fragrant addition to your landscape. The strong scent of Corsican mint can repel pests that target brassicas, such as cabbages, broccoli, and cauliflower. It also deters rodents like mice from entering your garden. Corsican mint is not overly aggressive, so it will not spread too quickly or take over a space.
Clover -There are several reasons why people love growing clover in their yards! It is drought-tolerant and produces deep roots that reach far into the soil for moisture, which means less watering is required. Clover lawns need less mowing and maintenance, as they grow at a slower pace compared to traditional grass lawns. As a legume, clover is a natural fertilizer, it captures nitrogen from the atmosphere, which helps nourish the surrounding plants. Clover also contributes to a healthier ecosystem because it attracts beneficial wildlife, such as bees and other pollinators.
Moss - Replacing traditional grass lawns with moss has become popular for several reasons. Moss is a very low-maintenance landscaping option! It doesn’t require mowing, grows in poor soil without the need for fertilizers and it provides a lush, natural green carpet. Moss can grow in shady spots where grass often struggles.
If you’re not quite ready to commit entirely to an alternative lawn covering, you might be pleased to learn that many of these options can be combined with grass to create a hybrid look. For example, a front yard that includes a healthy combination of grass and clover can be very attractive and provide you with the benefits of both.
At TEAM BROADY, we know the challenges of maintaining a picturesque yard and property. And we also love to bring you the latest trends to ensure your home always looks amazing! If you are considering buying or selling your home, please contact us today! We can be reached at 514-613-2988 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org