The lawn is so over.
Beautiful alternatives to consider.
Top priorities = water conservation + reduced useAccording to the Marin Water District | MMWD there are many ways to reduce landscape water use and conserve precious water resources. They include:
- | Use water-smart plants—especially CA natives
- | Add mulch to retain soil moisture
- | Water based on weekly weather conditions
- | Perform an irrigation system check-up + repair leaks
- | Install a rain barrel or cistern for rainwater collection
- | Integrate a laundry-to-landscape gray-water system
But if you want to make the biggest impact on water waste in the landscape, follow the guidance below.
In fact, MMWD now prohibits the use of water for irrigating any new ornamental lawn in commercial or municipal landscapes.
There is a high price to be paid for installing a lawn of any size in a landscape. As a result, the reasons for considering alternatives continue to increase because lawns require:
Marin Municipal Water District | MMWD
Time to let your turf mindset goSo 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 are 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 alternativesConsider replacing a lawn with ground covers or California native grasses that reduce or eliminate the need for heavy irrigation or the use of toxic chemicals that can have ill effects on your client, pets, and native wildlife.
You can also remove the dreaded chore of grass mowing with ground cover plants. These low-growing plants spread easily in even the toughest sites. They also provide thick coverage that over time will benefit and enrich the soil beneath. Ground covers can also add attractive textures with some varieties that feature seasonal blooms and colorful fall foliage.
With the help of some local Bay Area Landscape Pros, we’ve assembled a group of attractive and water-efficient lawn alternatives worth considering for your project. Check them out below.
Suzanne Arca | Arca Design Group
Daniel Hart | Gachina Landscape Management
Open up to beautiful lawn alternativesFor Bay Area landscapes that have perfectly good grass-growing conditions, it makes sense to consider environmental and aesthetic alternatives.
For example, an eco-lawn mix of grasses and flowering plants is a more sustainable approach to a water-efficient landscape. This combination of plants offers a low-water, low-maintenance meadow-like lawn that can be left to grow with no mowing.
CA native grasses are also low-maintenance plants that support native wildlife and ecosystems with minimal care. Some popular and attractive choices include Festuca californica, Muhlenbergia rigens, and Carex pansa.
Selective use of ornamental boulders, native rocks, colored mulches, and a wider variety of drought-tolerant plants all provide beautiful alternatives that eliminate the persistent chore of mowing. The secret to success, as always, is using a thoughtful approach to selecting the right plants for the right location in a landscape.
Easier to know what it is
We’ve recently updated our plant labels with an easy-to-read design that has been rolled out throughout our Colma Growing grounds.
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.
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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.