Outdoor Gardening

Lawn Alternatives So You Can Say Good-Bye to Mowing

Who doesn’t love a beautiful, pristine, lush and weed-free lawn? Probably everyone except the gardener who has to tend to it frequently. A lawn requires diligently mowing at regular intervals to ensure that the grass is at the perfect height, weeding every now and regular watering to keep it in tip-top condition. So who can blame you for exchanging your lawn for other lush alternatives?

Top 4 Suggestions for Lawn Alternatives

Here are some of our suggestions for lawn alternatives.

1. Moss

Moss being used as a lawn alternative.

Moss is nature’s natural carpet and is one of the easiest to grow. If you choose a moss that is native to your region and plant it in an appropriate shady location, you won’t have to mow or water your moss bed. Be aware that moss requires an acidic environment, compact soil, consistent moisture and a semi-shady location.

2. Creeping Thyme

Creeping Thyme being used as a lawn alternative.

Thyme must have good drainage, is drought tolerant and must have full sun. Generally, it tolerates a fair amount of foot traffic and it rather ‘kid-resistant’. It likes slightly alkaline soil that should be kept moist but not overly wet to avoid drowning the roots.

3. Kidney Weed

Kidney Weed being used as a lawn alternative.

Kidney weed grows best in moist lightly shaded areas, preferring clayey soils. Be aware that it won’t stand up to hard traffic.

4. Lawn Chamomile

Lawn Chamomile being used as a grass lawn alternative.

Chamomile lawn plants thrive in full sun but will tolerate dappled shade. Once it is well established, it requires minimal care.

Now that you have grown your lawn alternative, check out our article on 5 ways to control weeds in your garden.

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