Ditch the Traditional for a Lawn Alternative
Everyone wants a perfect, weedless lawn to enjoy, but for some of us, all the mowing and maintenance has become too much. A few intrepid homeowners here in New England have said goodbye to grass in favor of some exciting alternatives, and to increase biodiversity which benefits your soil. These are just a few favorites of the Sidekick Home team.
Lawn Alternative 1: Ground Cover
You can have attractive, low maintenance ground cover without having to mow, reseed, fertilize, or even give up a nice green lawn. There are numerous varieties of low to no maintenance options you can use to replace the Kentucky bluegrass and ryegrass frequently used for lawns in New England.
Clover makes a great alternative to a traditional lawn. You could plant a single variety or a mix of different clovers for a more interesting look. We’re not just talking about the traditional 3 and four leaf clover here either. Clover varieties for suitable for lawn alternatives include white, red, purple, and yes, even the well-known oxalis variety. Clover is an excellent alternative for those who still want green ground cover but don’t want to have to mow as often. Oh, and the bees love it!
Thyme isn’t as green as clover, but it certainly provides unique and beautiful ground cover just the same. Creeping thyme, in particular, makes an excellent, alternative ground cover. It is drought resistant, can withstand wear and tear, is hearty to zone 4 and spreads quickly once planted. This low grower is also soft to the touch, so it feels good walking on a thyme lawn in bare feet, too.
Mint is another great alternative to grass for those who still want a green lawn but don’t want the hassle. Corsican mint is the lowest growing variety, but unfortunately, it won’t survive this far north. Instead consider a spearmint, peppermint, or other low growing variety that will tolerate a New England winter.
Lawn Alternative 2: Gardens
The Sidekick Home team has seen more than a few lawn to garden conversions in our time, all of them beautiful. These brave homeowners have said "goodbye" to grass, but not necessarily "hello" to less work.
Individuals considering ditching their lawns for a more colorful landscape should keep a few things in mind, however:
- Gardens require a lot of maintenance
- You’ll replace mowing with weeding
- Plant native varieties that will thrive
- Irrigate properly for best results
Just imagine your views during spring in summer, though, and the lovely fragrance, and the butterflies and bees! Speaking of which, gardens make an excellent lawn alternative for more environmentally conscious homeowners.
Lawn Alternative # 3: Wild Lawns
This is not so much a lawn alternative, but rather a decision to not fight nature where your yard is concerned. You will still have to mow occasionally, but weeding, fertilizing, reseeding, and worrying about dreaded grubs are a thing of the past when you let your lawn go wild. This alternative to a traditional lawn may not please your neighbors or you home owner’s association, but your back will thank you. Just sit back, relax and let them do what they do.
Also, you should always check with your HOA and your city before making the change to these, or any unique lawn alternatives, to avoid disappointment.
Want more information about diversifying your lawn through these alternatives (perennial gardens are the best!) or perhaps you would like a professional landscaping team to maintain the lawn you have?
Either way, contact Sidekick Home to see how our team of expert contractors can help you with your outdoor space.