Archive for the ‘Lawn care’ Category

postheadericon Lawn alternative plants for the south: alternative lawn ideas in warm climates

Lawn alternative plants for the south: alternative lawn ideas in warm climates

Image by Roxana_ro By Jackie Carroll A well-tended lawn makes your home look neat and tidy, but is it worth all the work? And what about those hot climates? No one enjoys having to manage lawns when it’s hot and sticky. There are alternatives to grass that can help, however. Check out some of the warm area grass alternatives in this article. Lawn Substitutes for Warm Regions Ground covers make excellent lawn alternative plants for the south, and they don’t need as much maintenance. Environmentally, alternative plants make sense because…

postheadericon Deadnettle ground cover: growing deadnettle as lawn substitute

Deadnettle ground cover: growing deadnettle as lawn substitute

Image by sonmemis By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener If you’ve got a sunlight-challenged patch where grass refuses to grow no matter what you do, a deadnettle ground cover may be the way to go. Deadnettle lawn alternatives are low-growing, blooming plants that produce silvery, blue-green or variegated foliage and flowers of purple, white, pink or silver, depending on the variety. If you’re concerned that the plant stings, don’t be. The plant earned its name only because the leaves look much like stinging nettle. Deadnettle Uses in…

postheadericon What is a no-mow lawn: tips for creating a no-mow lawn

What is a no-mow lawn: tips for creating a no-mow lawn

Image by dbvirago By Bonnie L. Grant One of the chores that the homeowner must do is to mow the lawn. This tedious task helps form a healthy and beautiful turf but is time consuming. A perfect solution is a no mow lawn. What is a no mow lawn? It is just what it says, a lawn which is virtually maintenance free and still provides lovely green landscape coverage. What is a No Mow Lawn? No mow lawns are mixtures of three species of fine fescue. Fescues are hardy plants…

postheadericon Wildflower lawns: tips on growing flowering lawns

Wildflower lawns: tips on growing flowering lawns

Image by silviacrisman By Teo Spengler Lawns can be deep and lush, but as every gardener knows, a beautiful lawn is both thirsty and labor-intensive. Many people are looking to lawn alternatives to create a pretty front area without the watering, fertilizing and mowing. Wildflower lawns or areas of flowering lawn weeds can be charming and easy-maintenance once established. Pretty Weeds for the Lawn The term “weed” may call to mind a scraggly, ugly plant that is hard to get rid of. But the word simply means a plant you…

postheadericon Centipede grass maintenance and planting tips

Centipede grass maintenance and planting tips

Image by Gardening Know How By Heather Rhoades Centipede grass is a popular turf grass for lawn in the Southern part of the United States. Centipede grass’ ability to grow in poor soils and its low maintenance needs make it an ideal grass for many homeowners in warmer areas. While centipede grass needs little care, some centipede grass maintenance required. Keep reading to learn more about how to plant centipede grass and caring for centipede grass. How to Plant Centipede Grass Centipede grass can be grown from centipede grass seed,…

postheadericon Using thyme for lawn substitute: growing a creeping thyme lawn

Using thyme for lawn substitute: growing a creeping thyme lawn

Image by annalovisa By Amy Grant Xeriscaping is becoming increasingly popular in an effort to reduce our dependence on water use. Many gardeners are choosing to replace water thirsty turf with plants that are drought resistant. An ideal choice is using thyme for lawn replacement. How do you use thyme as lawn substitute and why is thyme a terrific alternative to grass? Let’s find out. Thyme Alternative to Grass A creeping thyme lawn is not only drought resistant, but it generally requires much less water than traditional turf grasses too….

postheadericon Using lawn substitutes for your yard

Using lawn substitutes for your yard

Image by VIDOK By Heather Rhoades These days there’s a lot of controversy surrounding using grass in your lawn, especially in areas where water is restricted. Grass can also cause problems for busy or older people who may not have the time or the desire to maintain a lawn that needs to be cut and watered frequently. Or maybe you just want to be more environmentally responsible. Whatever your reasons are for wanting to replace your lawn’s grass with something else, you have many options when looking at lawn substitutes. Using…

postheadericon Blue star creeper plant care – using blue star creeper as a lawn

Blue star creeper plant care – using blue star creeper as a lawn

Image by Forest & Kim Starr By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Lush, green lawns are traditional, but many people are opting for lawn alternatives, which are often more sustainable, require less water, and are less time-consuming than regular turf. If you’re thinking about making the change, consider blue star creeper as grass alternative. Read on to learn more. Using Blue Star Creeper as a Lawn Blue star creeper ground cover (Isotoma fluviatilis) is a no-fuss plant that works well as a lawn substitute. It is also…

postheadericon Chamomile lawn plants: tips for growing chamomile lawns

Chamomile lawn plants: tips for growing chamomile lawns

Image by AlexanderCher By Amy Grant When I think of chamomile, I think of soothing, rejuvenating chamomile tea. Indeed, the blossoms of chamomile plant are used in this manner as well as for cosmetic, decorative and medicinal uses, but did you know that some varieties of chamomile make an excellent lawn alternative? How to grow chamomile as lawn replacement and other chamomile lawn care necessary to grow chamomile lawn plants is covered in this article. Growing Chamomile Lawns Growing chamomile lawns have a few advantages over grass turf. They do…

postheadericon Plant alternatives to traditional lawn grass

Plant alternatives to traditional lawn grass

Image by Hideyuki KAMON By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Numerous types of plants can be used on the lawn to replace traditional grass. These may come in the form of ground covers, fescue and ornamental grasses. They may also consist of flowers, herbs and vegetables. Depending on what you choose, many of these are tolerant to drought and hold up well against foot traffic. Plant Alternatives to Grass Ground Covers With ground cover plants, you can easily knock out the dreaded chore of mowing the grass. These…