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Lawns Aren't Green -- Part 3: Alternatives

While there are many alternatives to the traditional lawn, I'm going to focus on my three personal favorites.

#3. Mondo Grass

Mondo Grass, also known as Dwarf Lilyturf, is a wonderful lawn alternative that requires much less effort than usual turfgrass species used as lawns. On average, it only needs to be mowed once a year, if that. However, the downside is that using only Mondo Grass for your entire lawn will still cause a monoculture. Despite that, I find this alternative appealing as once it's in place, it doesn't need much water or effort, and makes for a unique looking lawn. 

#2. Native Grasses 

While a lawn made of grasses native to your area will need to be mowed more often than Mondo Grass in order to keep the trim lawn aesthetic, having a mixture of native grasses will eliminate the monoculture problem of lawns in favor of a more environmentally friendly landscape. Depending on where you live and which grasses are native to that area, there is a wide variety of what your lawn could look like using this alternative. A few google searches can help you find which grasses are native to your area, and would combine well for the look that you're going for. 

And lastly, 

#1. A Food Garden

The land around your house is an asset to you, and there's no reason it can't be usable space. Growing your own fruits and veggies is a great way to save money, eat well, and have a biodiverse lawn. Just remember not to use synthetic fertilizers! Of course, having a nice lawn means it looks good, and a food garden lawn doesn't have to be ugly at all. Here is my favorite example ever of a beautiful food garden lawn: 

With a little effort and planning, a food garden can be a beautiful, useful, and environmentally friendly alternative.

So there we have it. My first ever multi-part series, a 3 part series on lawns! I hope you enjoyed it, and I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below :)


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