Beautiful Alternatives to Lawns
Sometimes a lawn doesn’t make any sense. Steep slopes, rocky stretches with
inadequate topsoil, and sandy soil, are all examples of difficult terrain
that don’t lend themselves to uniform grass covers . Forcing a lawn in such
places forces most people to search for chemical fixes that harm the ecosystem at large.
Choose instead maintenance-free groundcovers!
- Look in your Yellow Pages for your county’s cooperative extension for
native grasses, groundcovers, and wildflower meadow recommendations. Learn more about
wildflower native species.
- A general rule of thumb is to make sure to match the plant to the
conditions in which it is going to be planted. Determine if the area is
shaded, partially shaded, or in full sun; how much water the ground receives;
how tall you want the groundcover to be; and if you want the plants to bloom.
- Consider mixing different groundcovers for a more interesting “lawn.”