Well when we picture a lawn, almost instantly our mind goes to lush green manicured lawns with a well-kept grass bed all over. Now, yes grass lawns do look beautiful, but they are also tedious to maintain. We mean none other landscaping plants consume as much water or creates chemical runoff issues more than grass. As much as you love the feel of cool grass to lie on or relax in the summer sun, it does come at a price. You can now lower your water bill, conserve water and reduce the use of chemical pesticides by simply switching to other fuss-free alternatives. The plus side? You don’t have to deal with weeds, insects, fungus and other pests.
Succulents are a good alternative to grass, it gives a more colourful feel as barely needs any water. Succulents grow in all types of soil as long it drains well. It can work really well for drier areas or parts where water irrigation is scarce. Also, it eliminates the need for mowing entirely.
Transfer the efforts of tending for your lawn into cultivating a yard that puts fresh produce on the table. Edible vegetable trees, shrubs or plants give the yard a forest look and can be easy on the water and pesticides consumption if you use a permaculture design. It will help in creating a self-maintaining system which takes care on watering, fertilising and mulching itself. You can add a seating area or do up your front porch as the focal area. It’s also worth a while to invest in drip irrigation so that each plant get the perfect amount of water.
Concrete landscaping and native grass
Well, if you want a fuss-free design without too many frills, poured concrete patio with native grass which requires very little water and tending too will do the trick. It works well if you are going for a more natural, not-put-together look. You can also do concrete paving with grass embedded in the centre. It creates a beautiful pattern and is easy on the tending and the water bill. Another way to go is installing tiles between the concrete layers and the turf of artificial grass for better drainage and circulation of air. Here’s an article that answers all the ‘Can I install grass on top of concrete or asphalt questions’.
You can replace the grass on the lawn with drought-tolerant variants like thyme, clover, creeping jenny so on and so forth. This will still give you a lush green look without having to fuse about the maintenance. This also gives it a fresh meadow-like look which is off the beaten path. Creeping thyme is beneficial to the bee population and also conserves water. However, if your heart is set on a grassy look you can go in for sedge, lily turf and mondo, which will do the trick, these are ornamental grasses.
Gravel and Stone
A great way to spin of the regular lawn is by using drought-resistant scrubs and replacing the main area with a grave and stone walkway. The gravel aids in the seepage of rainwater into the ground rather than running it into the street. It gives the yard a more modern feel, without making it look barren or like a desert. It’s an easy transformation and looks very chic.
This one is for all the DIYers out there, you can easily manage the installation and it looks spectacular. All you need to do is find some stones and pebbles and spread it generously around your lawn. Then plants some drought resistant plants and shrubs to mimic the look of how they would naturally grow in nature. This type of lawn requires minimal water usage for the plants and no water usage of the dry creek itself!
If you need an exact replica of grass, the same look and feel and function of the grass minus the tedious maintenance, then artificial turf is your best bet. It’s an amazing solution for families with kids or pets. It is great for water conservation as well, the only water you use is to periodically wash your turf. The current day options use colour variation, natural-looking materials, even faux thatch to mimic real grass. They look the best when coupled with planting beds, trees, shrubs, and hardscaping which helps it all come together and helps the grass blend in nicely.
This is a gorgeous theme to explore. You can go big with this one, one option is to fill your lawn with boulders! And then plant some drought-friendly plantation around them. Local rock companies will place the boulders for you, so no need for any heavy lifting. You can also go small with some crushed granite, some rocks and desert plants such as cacti, yucca, agave so on and so forth.
Who says the lawn need to be all prim and proper, the beauty of an English garden lies in its unkemptness. Use your space and fill it with beautiful flowering plants which are easy on the water usage. You can still maintain a green cover for some part of the yard, which can host the sitting area, let loose the rest, add plants of varying length and contrasting colours for a truly spectacular outcome.
This is a great option for modern design lovers. It is both minimalistic in design and in maintenance. These lawns use spotlight planting, stone and other hardscaping for a stunning presentation. Traditionally Zen gardens feature a swath of sand and gravel, but that is not a hard and fast rule. Not all of them are barren or Asian-themed. To get a more manicured look you can plant similar species, which will provide plenty of green. Modern designs use sharp lines and concrete structures to achieve the simplistic look of traditional Zen gardens. The look and feel will heavily rely on the materials used. Wood, stone, sand, and gravel will provide a more rustic look. Whereas concrete and other artificial materials will provide a more modern look, regardless, the outcome will be beautiful.
These are some stunning grass replacement ideas for lawns, you will need the assistance of a sprinkler/irrigation experts as well as talented landscapers to help utilise the space to its best potential.