Lee Valley Tools    Gardening Newsletter
   Vol. 4, Issue 3
   June 2009
 
   Alternatives to Grass Lawns
 

I have been working in the gardening business for several years now and lately there are two words I have been hearing more frequently from customers: low maintenance. It seems as though more gardeners are becoming interested in yards that look beautiful and take care of themselves.

Since a beautiful, weed-free grass lawn can be one of the most labor-intensive parts of a yard, it's no surprise that the low-maintenance concept is extending into this area. Grass lawns are expensive to water, fertilize and treat with herbicides, not to mention the environmental impact. For those who no longer wish to invest excessive amounts of time and money maintaining their lawns every year, there are alternatives.
  Maintaining a weed-free lawn
Maintaining a weed-free lawn such as this one can be tedious and time consuming for some homeowners.

Gardens

The most obvious alternative is to create more gardens! Turn your lawn into a beautiful herb, flower or vegetable patch. I have even seen some lovely lawns composed of native wildflowers. Unfortunately, this alternative does not give you, your children, or your pets much space to run around. To solve this problem, I would propose some attractive, hardy ground covers that could be used instead of or in combination with your grass.
 
 
               
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