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Beautiful Alternatives to Lawns

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.”

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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5:26AM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:48AM PDT on May 28, 2011

Good tips. Here in the Southwest maintaining lawns can be much more trouble than it's worth thanks to the scorching sun and oppressive summer heat, which incidentally lasts 6 months here. :( Thanks Annie.

5:10AM PST on Feb 22, 2011

Thanks for the info.

9:46AM PST on Dec 6, 2010

Thanks for the article!!!

1:10AM PDT on May 26, 2010


8:36AM PST on Jan 8, 2010

Long live the flowery mead and the meadow.

8:37PM PST on Nov 13, 2007

Green lawns are green deserts. More flowers less lawns is the way to grow.

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