Three Alternatives To Traditional Grass

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When you think about great landscaping, the image usually involves plush, green grass. Unless you are fortunate to have ideal weather conditions all year long, chances are you are not going to get green grass permanently. It can take a lot of work including mowing, seeding, and watering. While you may not have the time or the knowledge to keep your grass green all year long, you still want to have a nice yard. Fortunately, there are some alternatives to grass that would make your yard look great. In an effort to keep your water bill under control and enjoy a great looking yard at all times, here are some options that don't involve regular grass. 

Rock Gardens

A great alternative for many homeowners is a rock garden or "hardscaping" (or even xeriscaping, which doesn't require any irrigation, so it is great for particularly arid regions). Rocks may not be the first thought when considering a viable option for your lawn, but if done right, it beats dead grass. Rock gardens will absorb rain so that you can still get some great color in smaller areas of your lawn. Another great perk is that if you have them professionally laid, you can avoid a lot of weed growth and maintenance that other gardens require. Larger rocks can protect shrubs, flowers, and what little grass you have from strong winds and the scorching sun. Rock gardens can be just as appealing if not more appealing than grass if it is designed well.   

Artificial Turf

If you are tired of seeing your water bill go up and every spring and summer, then artificial turf may be idea. With artificial grass, you do not have to continue to water it to keep it alive. Instead, you can enjoy it with very little to no maintenance. There are many benefits to choosing synthetic grass including longevity, no need to weed, and no need to fertilize. 

Flowers and Plants

While grass can be very sensitive, native flowers and plants can often survive better in conditions where grass doesn't. Wildflowers can help add color to your otherwise dry lawn. The best part is that they need very little maintenance in order to survive. Before deciding to go with this option, you want to check with the city's requirement on the height of plants. Some cities have a strict policy on this which can make a flower garden more difficult.