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Forget about mowing.  These are alternatives you can plant and use instead of grass

Forget about mowing. These are alternatives you can plant and use instead of grass

Forget about mowing.  These are alternatives you can plant and use instead of grass

For many home owners, a well-kept lawn is the best way to increase the attractiveness of the landscape. Although the grass attracts the eye, its maintenance requires a lot of care. However, you can still have a beautiful yard without having to mow, weed or fertilize.

Alternative options such as groundcovers, meadow lawns and gravel gardens are beneficial to our ecosystem, easier to maintain and beautiful. A simple application of even one of the grass alternatives below will produce positive results, including providing habitat for wildlife, minimizing water use and avoiding mowing.

Many people choose a gravel garden. This is an undemanding alternative that adds charm

Garden photo: shutterstock

This easy-to-maintain alternative to a traditional lawn does not require soil amendments, mulching or careful weeding. A gravel garden uses gravel to fill the space between plants that might otherwise be mulch, bare earth or lawn. Instead of growing flowers in soil, the plants are placed in washed, fine gravelwhich replaces the entire traditional turf or a small part of it.

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Instead of grass, plant clover. It is an easier and beautiful alternative to a well-kept lawn

As the name suggests, a clover lawn replaces lawn grass with clover. This style of lawn promotes biodiversity, encourages pollinators, and stays green in the warmer months when traditional grass can become scorched by the sun. As long as the clover receives adequate sunlight four to six hours a day – requires little or no maintenance beyond occasional mowing.

Add a dimension of variety and elegance to your lawn by planting groundcovers in the area

A groundcover is any low-growing plant that can be walked on. Popular varieties include sedum, creeping thyme, dichondra, Corsican mint and chamomile. Cover crops are a good alternative because they require less labor and resources such as water, fertilizers, pesticides to develop than lawns.

Allotment gardens (illustrative photo)Allotment gardens (illustrative photo) Photo Dawid Chalimoniuk / Agencja Wyborcza.pl

Source: Gazeta

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