To care for a lawn takes too much time, work, water, effort and money. Keeping a lawn properly, mowing, seeding or fertilizing, watering might be difficult or impossible. If your lawn is out of control and weeds or bare spots account for more than half of it, you may want to get rid of it all and start over. Or you may simply want a look that’s more pleasing to you than a traditional lawn. Then it is time to try lawn alternatives.
You’ll need to get rid of the grass before you begin your new landscape. Getting rid of your lawn is a big project. There are several methods such as Herbicide, Digging It Up, Solarization, Composting and Smothering. they all require investments of time, money and effort. Some methods have more impact on the environment than others, and some may be more acceptable to your neighbors. Make sure there are no homeowner’s association rules or local ordinances that would affect your plans.
Smothering your lawn kills it and allows it to compost in place, adding valuable organic matter back to the soil. Cover the lawn with landscape fabric. Landscape fabric that is engineered to stop weeds, stabilize soil, control erosion and separates soil profiles. Landscape Fabric encourages the growth of roots by keeping soil moist and cool. It is a good solution for reducing garden maintenance. It is a choice of professional landscapers.
When looking at plant alternatives, consider varieties that are native to your area. Native plants are adapted to your soil and climate. They will typically require less maintenance and have a better resistance to diseases and pests than non-native varieties. Native plants have the added benefit of supporting native wildlife. Also think about light requirements, height at maturity, rate of growth and other characteristics.
While you plan your lawn transformation, keep these tips in mind:
• Look for plants that will attract and support beneficial insects and birds. These valuable creatures add visual and auditory elements to your outdoor space.
• Learn about xeriscaping and other water-wise landscaping techniques. These methods can be good options to make the most of your yard while minimizing impact on the environment.
• Think about how to use your backyard. Since your backyard is typically less visible than the front, you have more freedom to design for family activities.
• Be patient. Many plants can take a couple of years to establish themselves or spread sufficiently to provide full coverage for your landscape.