As the years have gone on, there have been many new kinds of lawns that homeowners can choose as alternatives, or supplements to their current ones. There are lawns designed to preserve water, lawns that are low maintenance, lawns designed for people with allergies, and even lawns for people who don’t like lawns. Whichever boat you happen to be in, here are a few kinds of lawns that you can choose from in your new home.
Yes, we know, this not very original. But if you are building a home, or are coming into one where the front landscaping was all but derelict, then maybe traditional grass is a good place for you to start. You can choose from dozens of different kinds of grass. There are kinds that are indigenous to your area, ones that require little water, and, of course, the standard grass you see in most people’s lawns.
The pros for grass lawns is that they give your home great curb appeal when they are groomed correctly. However, they do take diligent watering, weeding, and trimming to stay looking good. This maintenance can be daunting for some people, especially if they have a large lawn, so always consider size when looking into different lawns.
Turf is great for people who want the classic lawn look but don’t want to have to worry about watering and mowing. They look good when they are professionally installed and they can do great things for your water bill. Not to mention they are great for outdoor games. Who’s up for a little fun!
Like we said earlier, the biggest pro for a turf lawn is the lower water bill. You won’t be spending a bunch of money and, in the long run it will save you money. However, the initial costs of putting in a turf lawn will be a bit higher than those of the traditional lawn. (This is an estimate, mind you. It all depends on where you are and the providers near you.)
Rocks and pebbles
Rocks and pebbles are another great choice for someone who is concerned about water conservation. As rocks and pebbles do not need water to survive, you can virtually forget about getting any sort of sprinkler system put in, unless of course you have some bushes or trees around your lawn.
There are a few downsides to having a rock or pebble lawn, the first of which being the look. You have to be very careful what kind of stones you choose for your lawn. They need to look nice and match the colors of your house. The other problem that you might face with a rock lawn is that, just because you aren’t watering it, doesn’t mean things won’t grow. Rock gardens and lawns are notorious for needing to be weeded regularly— more regularly than lawns as a matter of fact. The main reason for this is because weeds can hide in with the green of the lawn, but stick out like a sore thumb against the rocks.
If you are one that likes to make the most of the space you have, then maybe you should consider turning your front lawn into a garden. It wouldn’t take much to install some planter boxes for all sorts of veggies and fruits. This will save you money on produce. You may have a higher water bill than usual but it will pay off when it comes time to take a trip to the grocery store.
There are a few problems with garden lawns though. If you have decided to do this you will most likely end up doing some major damage to the lawn. So, when it comes time to sell your home, you will need to repair it. It may also cause strain between you and the neighbors as they may not like the image that it puts on the neighborhood.
Paths and décor
You can also choose to decorate your lawn with a variety of paths, sculptures, fountains, and ornaments. These will give you lawn flair and will also cut down on the amount of grass that you have to manage. However, these may also have the same problem as the rest garden by causing damage that will need to be fixed prior to selling the home.
Another option you have when it comes to an alternative lawn is groundcover plants. These are plants that grow low to the ground, are easy to manage, and so on. They are great for people who don’t like grass or have a grass allergy. Two types that have been recommended on the internet are Mazus and Creeping Thyme.
Bushes are a great choice for anyone looking to enhance their lawn. Bushes are beautiful, the offer privacy, and they can even bear fruit. There are lots of bushes you can choose from and each one will have its own advantages and disadvantages.
What we suggest is that you find one that is native to the area as it will take less to maintain them. However, if you can’t use native plants, or just don’t like the native plants you have to choose from, then your local garden center will have many options for you. These extra options, however, will most likely need more watering than a native plant (unless of course you choose a cactus).
You can also opt for trees to be put in your front yard. These are great, especially if you are planning on living in your house for a long time because they will mature and grow to be very beautiful a few years down the road. However, they are also a great asset if you plan on selling the property in a few years. The trees will have grown quite a bit and will be looking great.
There are only two problems with trees: water and growth. When it comes to watering trees, they will most likely take more water than a normal lawn would. However, with their expanded root system, the water consumption that rests on you may go down. Growth can be an issue because you will need to trim the tree as it gets larger and may even need to have it dramatically cut back if it gets dangerously large.
Entertaining/ Recreation area
If you like the idea of making your yard more than just a decoration, then you might like the idea of doing an entertaining area or recreation area. This can easily be achieved for very little cost on your part.
The first thing you need to do if you are considering this type of lawn alternative is to decide what you want to do with your lawn. Do you want it to be a relaxing space? Or do you want it to be a place for sports? What about a little of both?
If you want some sort of leisure space, one of the best ideas is a fire pit (assuming that it is legal in your area to have a fire pit). You can easily find an inexpensive, above ground fire pit for less than fifty dollars and a few lawn chairs for a little less than that. Just check your local hardware store. (Prices are estimates and not guarantees).
If you want it to be for sports or games, you can easily find a few sets of games or sports equipment and keep it in a readily accessible shed or box to make for a fun time with your friends.
With these ideas, you are well on your way to making your lawn the best in its class. Stay tuned for more tips, tricks, and ideas!