Last week we looked at a few grass alternatives for yards. Sedges, creeping thyme, moss, and clover are all fantastic alternatives to grass because of their simple maintenance and versatility, but they aren’t your only options. This week, we have even more grass alternatives for yards. So if you’re tired of the mowing, the watering, the fertilizing, and all the waste that comes with traditional grass, consider swapping it out for more natural ground cover.
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(Even More) Grass Alternatives for Yards
This robust plant can grow in sun or shade, making it suitable for any area that was previously covered in grass. Growing quickly and covering your yard in a thick, 4-6-inch-tall mat, it also tolerates some foot traffic. In the summer and fall, frog fruit flowers and attracts insects, and in winter, it lies dormant.
Of the genus Sedum, stonecrop comes in a variety of different species, all creeping but different in other ways. Some are very hardy and strong, others are tender and weak. Some have very showy flowers (tiny, star-shaped blooms), while others are more modest. All types of stonecrop prosper in sunny areas and grow easily from cuttings. However, this is one of our grass alternatives for yards that won’t put up with your pacing and stomping; footsteps can break the brittle stems and soft leaves.
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Although it is a grass, buffalo grass is so different from regular turfgrasses that we’ll still consider it an alternative. It works well in hot, dry states and requires very little maintenance. Just a little water and mowing is all buffalo grass needs to thrive. If you want your yard to be especially strong, you could grow buffalo grass alongside blue grama to make a more hardy lawn.
True to its name, silver ponyfoot is a silvery plant that works well in warmer climates. With decent soil and good drainage, it grows quickly and strongly. While the color helps it contrast with typical grasses, it works very well with other plants because it spreads along the ground with runners.
If you want something that will make your nose happy, try Corsican mint. This low-growing mint grows well in most soils and prefers medium to full sunlight. Not only does it tolerate footsteps well, but it also gives off a minty scent when walked upon. If you like, you can even use it to make mint tea.
Gravel or Mulch
If you don’t mind losing the greenery, you could always choose gravel or mulch for your ground cover. These grass alternatives for yards are maintenance-free and come in many different sizes, textures, and colors. Plus, if you choose the right type, they can be easily walked upon in bare feet. However, keep in mind that if you use organic mulch, you will have to add a new layer to your yard 1-2 times a year, to make up for the mulch that’s decomposing.
So put away the mower and choose a plant that both you and your lawn will love. A plant that needs little maintenance (and will cost you next to nothing!) because it’s naturally suited to grow well in your yard. It’s a win-win!
Nixa Lawn Service Can Help
From planting a single tree to refurbishing a full garden, Nixa Lawn Service can meet your landscaping needs. All of our plants come with a one-year guarantee, and we’d be glad to show you how to properly care for your new plants. If you live in the Springfield area, contact us today to see how we can help.