Landscaping Ideas Grass Alternatives 2017-07-06T14:45:10+00:00

Landscaping Ideas Grass Alternatives

Natural grass lawns look great but they are expensive to maintain and care for. Many homeowners look for lawn alternatives that are easier to care for and easier on their bank account.


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Alternatives to Natural Grass Yards


Wildflower Meadow

These seeds can be purchased at a lawn and garden store. They are a great alternative to green grass.


wildflower meadow



  • Grows easily
  • Less water is required
  • Beautiful flowers when in bloom
  • Great for rock and uneven terrains


  • Will need additional seeds every couple of years
  • Will need to be weeded
  • Not a good option for children or pets


Vegetable Garden

This garden is attractive and will allow a person to grow food at the same time.


woman in a vegetable garden



  • Saves money by supplying produce
  • Activity for the entire family
  • Can be organic
  • Teach children how to grow their own food


  • Needs watering
  • Needs regular weeding and covering during chilly nights
  • Many plants need to be replanted season after season



Moss is low maintenance and loves the shade. There are a number of textures and options to select from.


moss landscaping



  • Low maintenance
  • Attractive to the eye


  • Most moss cannot stand up to heavy traffic
  • Required regular watering



This is a cheap and easy way to cover the ground. There are many types of gravel to choose from and many different colors and sizes.


landscaping with gravel



  • Almost maintenance free
  • Limits weed growth
  • Economical
  • No watering needed
  • Easy to clean
  • Great for walkways and driveways


  • Should not be used in play areas
  • Additional landscaping may be required
  • Not recommended for homes with small children


Wood Chips/ Bark

This is a great and attractive way to cover the ground. This is also affordable and a nice alternative to grass.


Wood Chips Bark used in the garden



  • Pleasing appearance
  • Inexpensive
  • Limits weed growth
  • Does not need watering
  • Minimal maintenance


  • Loses color over time
  • Can be a choking hazard


Artificial Grass

This synthetic option is for people that want the look of natural grass without the maintenance. A person can have a lush lawn but will not need to water or weed it.


artificial grass



  • Lush and green
  • Good for pets and children
  • Same look as traditional law
  • Minimal maintenance
  • No mowing, watering, fertilizing
  • Durable


  • Installation if higher than other options
  • Requires some cleaning to remove bacteria



Hardscaping will take up space in the yard. They can be used for activities such as cookouts and other events.


garden patio



  • Low maintenance
  • Many options and designs to chose from
  • Good for outdoor entertaining
  • May increase the value of the home
  • Easy to care for


  • Not recommended for children’s play areas
  • May crack over time
  • High installation cost



This will reduce the size of the yard and provides a great outdoor space for relaxing.


garden gazebo sydney



  • Good for outdoor entertaining
  • Attractive


  • Higher installation cost
  • Requires painting and staining



This is for people that want a natural look but do not want to mow. Clovers will stay green during the summer and only need a little bit of water. They can stand up to some traffic.





  • Plush and green look
  • Requires little water
  • Inexpensive
  • Can withstand pet urine without turning brown


  • Needs some mowing
  • Not good for heavy traffic
  • May damage easily with pet traffic


Fire Pit

This is a useful landscaping option. It can also go well with a patio.

fire pit landscaping ideas sydney



  • Low maintenance
  • Great for entertaining
  • May increase the value of the home


  • May be expensive to install


Final Thoughts on Grass Alternatives

If you are looking for some natural grass these options can still help you save time and money. It is best to plant drought tolerant grass since it needs less care and fewer chemicals.

Add some walkways and flowerbeds to the yard to decrease the space needed for grass. Limiting the lawn can help lower a number of bills including the water bill. It can also help the homeowner have a great looking yard while saving time and money. Get more landscaping ideas and tips here.