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Groundcover Plants: 7 Alternatives to Grass

Blue Grama Grass

For a more traditional lawn, there are grass options that are more drought-resistant than Kentucky Blue. One favorite is the Blue Grama grass (Bouteloua Gracilis), which is dormant in winter, but thrives in the summer heat. Blue Grama grass can withstand poor soils, full sun and very little irrigation. It only needs 10 to 15 inches of water per year, and can either be mowed or left to grow naturally. It spreads slowly but forms hardy sod when mowed regularly. If left alone, it will grow to a natural height of 6 to 24 inches and mixes attractively with wildflowers. A couple of Blue Grama drawbacks: It is more expensive than some varieties; it struggles in the shade; and it can’t withstand a lot of rough winter traffic. Photo credit: Belen, NM Chamber of Commerce

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12:21PM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Great ideas.Thanks for sharing

4:06PM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Thank you for the tips!

2:39PM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Thank you for these ideas Chaya...although the pictures of the plants are no longer there, so will have to look them up on the net.

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7:59AM PDT on May 8, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

12:47PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

great ideas, thank you!

6:20PM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

I will definitely use these ideas to build a grass-free alternative. Thanks!

8:53PM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

Very beautiful and colorful alternative to grass! Thanks for sharing!

1:07AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

great to know. thank you!

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