Lush, green turf grass covers nearly 47 million acres in the United States. All that green requires homeowners to hand over “green” for upkeep consisting fertilizing, and watering.The average American household uses 60 gallons of water a day on watering. So, ditch the thirsty green for these easy yard alternatives:
Groundcovers are a low maintenance alternative to turf grass and increase the visual appearance. Options for groundcovers are endless and can vary depending on personal preference and budget. When picking a groundcover, be sure to consider the climate and amount of foot traffic the space gets.
Clover is a cheap, low maintenance alternative to grass. It grows deep roots and needs less water to stay green. In addition, clover is a nitrogen-fixing plant, taking nitrogen from the air and through a chemical reaction, deposits it into the ground as fertilizer. The constant trickle of nitrogen fertilizes itself and surrounding lawn, making it green and lush.
Don’t Mow It, Eat it!
Instead of spending time maintaining and mowing your lawn, spend time cultivating your own vegetables. Combining vegetables, herbs, and flowers in an edible garden not only make the garden more colorful and productive but cut your grocery bill as well.
Plant native plants specific to your region, they have had ages to acclimate to the climate, soil, and rainfall and will require little maintenance and water. They are also able to survive in cold winters and still thrive in hot summers.
Create an outdoor living space for a maintenance free lawn alternative. Flooring options come in a variety of styles from concrete, stone, brick, gravel, etc. It can be as intricate as your budget allows. Give the space some personality with patio furniture, potted plants, and other big features like a fireplace, pond, or bridge.