Experts inform us that climate change and hot dry weather is the unfortunate future for the Bay Area.
As a result, you should be doing all that you can to encourage Beautiful lawn alternatives for your customer’s landscape project.
There are many reasons for considering lawn replacement or alternative solutions because a lawn requires:
- | Consumption of horrific amounts of water
- | Unending maintenance + care
- | Frequent need for chemical fertilizers
- | Highly susceptible to weed + pest intrusion
And did we forget to mention that it has to always be mowed?
Time to let your turf mindset go
So what’s a landscape pro to do when their client can’t see anything but freshly mowed turf in their project?
Fortunately, there’s a wide variety of alternatives that can accommodate foot traffic, pets, and plenty of romping on the green. A more thoughtful landscape installation strategy should also include plants that are better adapted to our local conditions and less demanding on resources.
For those addicted to the turf, you don’t have to go through withdrawal pain by removing every spec of grass from a project. If your project includes some lawn areas that currently look great in some places but not so great in others, it makes sense to consider replacing only the grass areas in need of improvement.
Healthy, Practical, and Beautiful lawn alternatives
Consider ground covers or eco-lawn varieties that reduce or eliminate the need for mowing, heavy irrigation, or the use of toxic chemicals that can have ill effects on your client, pets, native wildlife, or others.
With ground cover plants, you can eliminate the dreaded chore of mowing the grass. These low-growing plants spread easily in even the toughest sites, providing thick coverage that will eventually benefit the soil beneath. Ground covers can also add appealing texture, with some varieties having seasonal blooms and colorful fall foliage.
Open up to Beautiful lawn alternativesDropping turf grass for various other plants is a grass replacement option that seems to be catching on. For your projects that have perfectly good grass growing conditions, it makes sense to consider environmental and aesthetic alternatives.
Rather than scrap grass altogether, consider an eco-lawn mix of grasses and flowering plants. They offer a low-water, low-maintenance meadow-like lawn that can be left to grow or can be mowed (albeit far less frequently) to keep it low.
Both Fescue | Festuca and ornamental grasses provide another alternative to the traditional lawn. Fescue grasses are tolerant of everyday wear and tear and can thrive in a variety of locations. Tall fescues are coarser, drought-tolerant, and provide a very low maintenance lawn for your home.
Ornamental grasses are also low-maintenance plants that make great lawn alternatives. There are numerous types to choose from including fescue. Consider choosing a variety that is native or acclimated to your area because it will increase your chances of a successful installation.
Selective use of ornamental boulders, native rocks, colored mulches, and a wider variety of drought-tolerant plants all provide beautiful and lower maintenance alternatives. The secret to success, as always, is using the right plant in the right place and our team is ready to help you with your selection.
Lawn replacement help is within reach
If you want to discuss or learn more about lawn replacement alternatives, feel free to contact any of our experts at Pacific Nurseries.
As both a grower and a plant broker, we’re ready to work with you to provide just the right plants that will make your project a water-wise success. It’s one of the many qualities that makes us different from just an ordinary nursery.
Contact us online or just give us a call at 650.755.2330.
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As President of Pacific Nurseries, Don Baldocchi gets satisfaction knowing the Bay Area is greener and more beautiful by helping landscape professionals succeed. Email Don or give him a call at 650.755.2330.