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

 

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • 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

 

Pros:

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

Cons:

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

 

Moss

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

 

moss landscaping

 

Pros:

  • Low maintenance
  • Attractive to the eye

Cons:

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

 

Gravel

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

 

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • 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

 

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • 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

 

Pros:

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

Cons:

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

 

Patio

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

 

garden patio

 

Pros:

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

Cons:

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

 

Gazebo

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

 

garden gazebo sydney

 

Pros:

  • Good for outdoor entertaining
  • Attractive

Cons:

  • Higher installation cost
  • Requires painting and staining

 

Clover

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.

 

clover

 

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • 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

 

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • 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.