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What Are Alternatives to a Traditional Lawn?

What Are Alternatives to a Traditional Lawn?

Traditional lawns were once a big part of the American Dream. Today, water restrictions and higher property taxes make that seem less appealing. There are some drawbacks to having a traditional lawn. A lawn can be difficult to maintain, tough to keep alive, and can consume a lot of water. This makes it an expense rather than an attraction. If you’re looking for some traditional lawn alternatives, here’s what else you can choose.

Soil Coverage

Soil coverage is an option for gardeners looking to replace their traditional lawns. It’s a good option If you plan to start gardening with a clean slate. Begin by introducing your landscape to nutrient-rich soil.

Traditional turf wastes resources. Soil coverage can bring new life and new possibilities into the garden. Wildflower mixtures and native plants add color and texture to your non-traditional lawn.

It’s your choice what to plant next!

Sand Coverage

Another traditional lawn alternative is sand. It is another useful material for ground cover and lends itself better to dry climates, though it might not be as nutrient-rich as choosing soil.

Like soil, sand coverage can give you more options than traditional lawns, and some plants flourish when planted in sand.

Other Grass Types For Lawn Alternatives

Traditional lawns use specific grass types, but gardeners should always remember that there are other grass varieties. Savannah grass types, for example, flourish in dry climates and won’t need as much watering – but they can still provide a great look.

Consider planting other grass types if you don’t want the hassle, fuss, or effort of having a traditional lawn with all its drawbacks.

Artificial Lawns

Artificial lawns can be a good option for areas where water conservation is necessary. The lawn stays green all year with zero watering. They might not be the most organic choice, but it’s the option with the least maintenance.

Clover Or Creeping Thyme Lawns

White dwarf clover is a popular eco-friendly alternative to replace a traditional grass lawn. Known for its dark green leaves and small white flowers, it provides a soft mat that resembles a green lawn.

Some benefits of clover include:

  • Drought-tolerant – can flourish with little water
  • Easy to grow and maintain
  • It can grow in full sun or partial shade
  • Requires less maintenance than a regular lawn
  • Keeps growing wherever you choose to put it

Creeping thyme makes a beautiful replacement for your turf lawn. Purple flowers spread quickly and add color to your yard. This hardy ground cover can tolerate light foot traffic and low water. Both creeping thyme and clover are great options for traditional lawn alternatives.

Gravel or Stone

When used correctly, gravel or stone is great for filtration. It can lead water to and from all the right places in your garden. With the right landscaper on your side, you can create a great garden using stone and gravel elements.


Moss is one of the world’s most ancient plants. A moss lawn can replace a traditional lawn without all of the maintenance. It can provide great ground coverage in areas where traditional grass is not desired. Moss stays low to the ground and remains only a few inches tall.

Moss thrives on both ground and stone surfaces. It prefers ample shade and moist soil. You can introduce moss easily to a desired area by blending it with water and spreading this mixture. There are different types of mosses that make good lawn alternatives to traditional grass.

A helpful tip: paint the surface with an organic material like yogurt first.

Once you decide which lawn alternatives appeal to you, contact your landscaping professional for help and information to make the idea come to life.

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