Admit it. You would rather be doing something else, anything else, than mowing your lawn. Surely your weekend could be better spent than tending to your lawn. Thus the appeal of the lawn-free backyard.
If you’re the primary caretaker for your lawn (or pay someone else to take care of it for you), you may want to consider trading in your grass mass. Lawn-free backyard spaces have increased in popularity for a variety of reasons. Some people go lawn-free due to life changes. Empty nesters may no longer have kids around to help with the maintenance. Others ditch the lawn over environmental concerns and opt to conserve the energy that would otherwise be required to water or mow and avoid the use of chemicals commonly used for maintenance. Some municipalities are even providing incentives to homeowners to go the lawn free route.
Design ideas to ignite the landscaper in you
Even for those sold on the benefits of a lawn free backyard, it can still take some time to make the move. The lack of design ideas or the prospect of having to hire a landscape designer is enough to cause many to delay the move. With this in mind, here are a handful of low-maintenance options to get you started.
Landscaping ideas to fill up your backyard space:
- lush greenery
- colorful flower beds and plants
- ground cover plants
- waterfalls and ponds
- metal slabs or stepping stones
- decorative pebbles and stones
- small trees
- a garden with edible plants
- a patio, deck and pathway or steps (for inclines)
Many of these ideas can be easily curated and arranged with a bit of research or assistance from your local home and garden store, while others may be executed best with the help of a professional landscaper or contractor. As you proceed, you’ll know when to call in the pros and when to go it alone.
There are a few steps that you can take to start your lawn free backyard right away with just a small amount of materials on hand. The simplest way is filling the grass void with a variety of plant life. A landscape can easily be covered with a range of plants, from the tall and lofty to the short and stubby. Some grass alternatives such as the various types of ground cover plants can cover very large sections of a yard, similar to grass, but with less of a pinch on the environment or your spare time.
Below are some common ground cover plants to consider:
- Bishops Weed
- Mondo Grass
- Sweet Woodruff
Since these plants remain low to the ground, they require little cutting and maintenance which makes them ideal candidates for your low-maintenance space. Although, they do require weeding and mulching initially, the initial labor costs will eventually pay off.
Ground cover plants are frequently used to address landscaping issues and can fill in certain gaps such as the space between stepping stones or cracks in a pathway. They retain water and can survive for long stretches without rain or watering.
As a bonus, many ground cover plants also flower during the spring and summer times, adding color and variety to your landscape. Vinca, for instance, sprout a beautiful purple flower during the summer.
Additional tips for a successful lawn free landscape
- When selecting greenery, choose plants that are native to your region to increase their chance of survival.
- Educate yourself on plant maintenance to ensure the best results for your property, now and in the future.
- When shopping around for landscapes ideas, aim to use materials that match the style and makeup of your home to create a flowing and consistent atmosphere throughout.
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Published : 28 Jul 2014
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