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Less mowing/less watering low growth grasses and grass alternatives

Sedum grass alternative

Sedum grass alternative

Tired of mowing for 6 to 8 months out of the year? Want to be more Eco-friendly? I may have a solution for you. Alternative grasses. They really aren’t considered grasses by most of us – clover, sedum,creeping vines – but they make beautiful additions to our yards and at the same time, save us work, money and give us a yard that is one of a kind.

Why would you want to get rid of grass and plant clover, sedum or anything other than gleaming grass that glows it’s so green? Because these options require low watering and occasional mowing, if any. If you want to keep grass in your yard, there are plenty of low growing options. Some of these grow under 3″ per season. Bella Bluegrass is one of these – growing only 3-4″ tall. This grass stays green all year in the south…..no more brown grass! Bella is disease resistant and the deep roots reduce the amount of watering needed. Can you say, cheaper water bills?! Clover, sedum, creeping vines,double bird’s foot trefoil, any of these could be used alongside any low growing grass to create a truly unique lawn and garden. Pearl’s Premium Ultra is also a good low growth grass. It offers much the same as the Bella Bluegrass as it is disease resistant, stays green and grows at 1/4 the rate of Bluegrass. Pearl’s offers a sunny and a shady mix.

Bella Bluegrass

Bella Bluegrass

I’m not saying dig up your entire yard and plant a bunch of clover, although you could if you wanted to. I’m challenging you to think out of the box and create little havens in your yard. Start by sectioning off a 12×12 area that may be unsightly or difficult for gardening. Use a rototiller to break up the soil, while mixing in good, organic compost from your own garden or from your local store. Plant clover, Sedum, Purple New Zealand Bur or a mix of anything you choose. Use rocks, pavers or any sort of stone to create a sanctuary of relaxation. Once you get the hang of it and see just how little work you will have to do on a regular basis, you will want to incorporate this idea into bigger sections of your yard.

Still not convinced? Think of the money saved on watering, gas for your mower, chemicals used from fertilizers, not to mention the pollutants that come from gas powered mowers and the chemicals from fertilizers that get into our water systems wreaking havoc on the ecosystem. Short grasses and alternative grasses added to your yard will reduce your mowing time by more than 50%, add beauty and give you peace of mind knowing you are helping the environment. Once your yard is complete, then naturally your neighbors will follow your lead. Pretty soon, you’ve started a local movement. Make this a “must do” on your gardening list this year. You’ll be so grateful you did.

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