Monthly Archives: September 2013

What to Replace Your Lawn With?

So, you’ve reduced or removed your lawn. The question now is what to do with the area. Sure, you could relinquish control and let nature take its course, but if you were to do that you’d have no real ability to alter or improve the area’s aesthetic. You would have little to no say in how it looked or what it contained. For some this level of control will be adequate. However, if you still want control of the area without having to put in as much work as you did when you had a lawn, here are a few suggestions for keeping the area looking great with little effort.

  • Ground Covers: Instead of using grass, ground covers are composed of naturally small plants. They never grow tall so you never have to trim them. In fact, they basically need to maintenance at all, perhaps a bit from time to time depending on the variety you choose. There are a great deal of varieties available, everything from perennials and annuals to evergreens.  They can be quite beautiful. That being said, they are much more fragile than grass, so planting them in an area with a lot of traffic isn’t the best idea. They do require some care during their first year, including weeding and mulching, but that’s only to establish them. You’ll also have to create an edge barrier to ensure that they don’t expand out too far. After that you’ll basically not have to do a thing.
  • Mulch: Mulch is a fantastic resource for gardening. It can provide your soil with helpful nutrients while creating barriers between plants and suffocating weeds. The problem with most mulches is removing them, a slow and arduous process for sure. But if you no longer have a lawn why not just leave the mulch there all the time. Using gravel or even chips of bark can provide an interesting aesthetic and a durable new ground covering. Generally, to keep it more secure, a sheet is placed on the soil beneath the mulch.
  • Shrubs: Perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing way to replace a vacated lawn is to use flowering shrubs in its place. Do not be prohibited by the cost, as with a little effort you can find beautiful varieties which are very inexpensive. Deciduous shrubs are very resilient. They generally do not attract pests or have serious diseases. They can also stand up to a lot of abuse, meaning that they can endure without a lot of maintenance. They may need pruning from time to time.