Great Alternatives of Traditional Front Lawn – 46 Inspiring Images

Lawns have their place in the American landscape. They are visually uncomplicated and easy on the eyes. As play surfaces, most turfgrass types are able to take some abuse and are relatively easy on the abusers. But it is safe to say we have way more lawn than is needed, considering all the other options available; many of those options are better for the environment and less expensive to maintain.

There are many uses for ground covers in the landscape. They are often used to provide a visual frame around a house, something attractive but that doesn’t distract from the main architectural or landscape features. They can also be used to cover a play area or an entertaining space or to line a walkway. On a smaller scale, they fill the spaces between other larger plants or features in the garden. On a larger scale, they fill the space between windows and the long views across a property to the neighbors and beyond.

In choosing how to cover your ground layer, consider making it as sustainable as possible by choosing locally sourced materials and plants that are well-adapted to the site conditions — soil type, available moisture, sun exposure and fertility.

Limit runoff from the property by using as many water-permeable surfaces as possible, grading the surface to enhance water infiltration and including rain gardens or dry wells. In areas where there are ordinances restricting what you can do with your front yard, you will need to work within those, or coordinate with local authorities to show them how your ideas will work.

Alternative Grasses

While they can’t take the foot traffic of a conventional lawn, a number of no- or low-mow grass blends and native grasses can be used to provide a similar visual appearance. In the northern half of the U.S., there are a number of fine fescue blends that look good without being mowed. They also need less fertilizer and water. In the southern and central parts of North America, buffalo grass (Bouteloua dactyloides) is a native grass that has been developed for turf use. St. Augustine grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum) is a popular turfgrass that’s native to the coastal regions of the Southeast.

Kitchen Garden

Before the invention of the lawn mower, cottage gardens and kitchen gardens were much more common in the front yard. Growing plants for food and medicine was a necessary part of life, and these plants were grown wherever there was space. As food and medicines became more available, the kitchen gardens were replaced with more decorative plantings.

With changing attitudes and new concepts in design, the front yard vegetable garden, or at least the incorporation of vegetables into the front garden, has become more acceptable again.

Hardscape Elements

In areas with long dry spells, abandoning lawns in favor of a less thirsty ground cover fits well with the character of the region and the environment. Here, gravel or stone can be used in a variety of ways. You can achieve some interesting results by mixing stone colors or textures. These surfaces also work well with plants adapted to dry regions, like palo verde (Parkinsonia aculeata), aloes, autumn sage (Salvia greggii) and sedums.

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