Until 150 years ago gardens did not have so much grass. Now there’s a trending back to the days of grass free gardens – and there are good reasons for it.
Grass lawns take a huge amount of resources for mowing, fertilising, controlling pests, and watering. As we more and more appreciate the limits of our natural resources, it makes sense to look for ways to reduce their use.
It’s really no sacrifice to plant a grass free garden. Less grass means more space for plants, sculpture, and other elements that enrich the garden. Let’s look at practical and pleasing ways to create a grass free garden.
Formal gardens with carefully pruned hedges surrounding beds of roses, herbs, or perennials require no lawn. Pebble paths connect the beds and add texture and colour to the garden.
Fountains, sculpture, and topiary are right at home as accents in formal, grass free gardens.
Raised Bed Gardening
Raised beds maximize planting space and minimize the area that needs tending. Gravel, crushed stone, or shells make maintenance free paths.
All it takes is oversized architectural containers with lush plantings to transform a space into a garden. With almost no effort you can replace the plantings for seasonal displays.
Instead of grass, surround your patio with stone decking. Large stones contract with wood decking and create a warm feeling in the garden.
How lovely the approach to your home will be with flowering perennials lining the path! A sequence of blooming plants far outshines grass as a welcoming entrance to your home.
Wood decking is a simple, long lasting, and striking alternative to grass. It’s an excellent grass free garden option for a small courtyard.
Replace your lawn with a garden pond. The pond will be so much more interesting than lawn, and you won’t have to mow it!
Plants as Lawn Substitutes
Another option is to replace your grass with plants that are less resource intense and easier to care for. The choices depend on your location and growing conditions. Plants that make successful grass substitutes include moss, sedge, clover, sedum, prairie grasses, heath and heather, and mondo grass. Your local garden centre may have more suggestions for your situation.
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