ornamental grasses

While it is quite popular to have lush green lawns, maintaining them can require a bit of effort and expense. What many people do not realize is that having beautiful grass uses resources that are can have a detrimental impact on the environment. Not only does taking care of grass consume a lot of fuel, it uses a lot of water and introduces toxins to the environment. Here are four ideas for people who want an environmentally-friendly alternative to grass.

Ornamental Grass

Ornamental grasses are easily maintained and hardy. They also have the ability to grow in most types of soils. What makes this a good alternative to grass is that it does not need mowing and requires very little fertilizer or pesticides. Ornamental grass can also be synthetically produced. There are six types of ornamental grasses. Choosing the right type depends on where it will be placed and the desired look of the lawn.

Groundcover Plants

These plants are ideal alternatives because of their ability to cover soil and their low-growth. These plants not only do not require a lot of maintenance, they prevent weeds. Groundcover plants enrich the soil and some types of these plants are known for their ability to balance the nitrogen levels in the soil. Perennial flowers, evergreens and even strawberries are examples of groundcover plants.


Clover is another substitute for grass that is also beneficial to the soil. It fixes the soil’s nitrogen levels, eliminates weeds and the root system does not compact the soil. Clover has several other benefits. It spreads quickly and is grown easily. Clover does not negatively impact the environment. This alternative does not requiring watering, mowing, insecticides or fertilizers. It even maintains its green appearance during warmer weather. Other advantages to using clover include its cost and it is a comfortable.

Shrubs and Flowers

Larger lawns can be divided include flower beds and shrubs. These options add an aesthetic value and reduce the effort. Flower beds and shrubs reduce the amount of materials needed to keep lawns healthy and looking good. Buy the flowers from a local nursery. The nursery employees are knowledgeable about the local varieties of plants and flowers. Local species of plants and flowers require very little maintenance and are a good non-chemical way to reduce the occurrences of weeds.

Having a nice looking lawn is a concern of home owners. However, great curb appeal can come without sacrificing the environment. These four grass alternatives not only reduce the amount of resources used and chemical pollution released in the environment, they eliminate the headaches of maintaining grass.