Grow It Don't Mow It
A seemingly never ending expanse of turf grass is great for the golf course, but it can be detrimental to the environment and costly to maintain in the residential or business setting. An alternative to the traditional lawn is a naturescape or native landscape. By replacing all or part of your lawn with alternative lawn grasses, native grasses, or plant material you can cut down on the cost, water usage, chemical usage, and time that all go into caring for turf grass.
It is hard to believe that the grass we are used to seeing in every lawn can really have such a negative impact on our lives and surroundings. However, here are just some of the arguments against turf grass:
- Consumes a lot of water. Water a limited and, for some, expensive resource could be better used than irrigating turf grass.
- High cost. DIY lawn care has multiple expenses like purchasing equipment, fuel, equipment maintenance, and your time. Hiring a
company to do all this for you costs even more.
- Chemicals are toxic pollutants. Pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers all have known dangers to people, pets, and the environment. They leach into the watershed and harm marine life. They also add to the expense of lawn care.
- Equipment creates pollution. Mowers, blowers, and trimmers produce air and noise pollution.
- Turf grass lawns provide nothing for wildlife. They limit biodiversity and habitat space.
- They are boring. Unless used for recreation, there is little aesthetic value created by a turf grass lawn.
The idea of tearing out your whole lawn and replacing it with native grasses or plant materials may seem overwhelming. However, this is not a process that has to be done all at once or even be that drastic of a change. Just keep in mind the simple phrase: Grow it! Don't mow it! Here are some options to start the process of creating a naturescape:
- Replace your lawn with a lawn. Using alternative turf grasses like fescues offers the look and feel of turf grass with less water consumption.
- Replace a portion of your lawn with native grasses.
- Change an unused area of the lawn into an entertainment space with a paver patio or a relaxation area with a water feature.
- Plant an herb garden, hedge row, or add more plants to your existing beds or garden.
- Finally, go all in and replace your entire lawn with a themed garden or native planting.
Once you have changed your landscape to a naturescape you, as a homeowner or a commercial property owner, can expect the following benefits:
- Reduced water usage and lower water bills as native grasses and plants are designed for our climate and require less water.
- Reduced maintenance costs as naturescapes require less equipment, time, and labor to keep them looking good.
- A positive impact on the environment by reducing air and noise pollution.
- Helping to filter runoff before it gets into the ground water instead of polluting the water with pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.
- Increased biodiversity by creating native habitats for butterflies, bees, birds, and other desirable wildlife.
- A place to compost the leaves in the fall instead of burning them or paying to have them hauled away.
For some additional ideas and information about replacing your lawn, visit lawnreform.org and lesslawn.com.
Ready to make the change and get started converting your lawn to a naturescape? Call today and have our landscape designer develop a plan to renovate your existing lawn with new areas of native grasses and plants. Save