Sunny, dry Culver City can be a challenging and expensive climate for a grass lawn. You can eliminate the need for excessive watering and maintenance by redesigning your garden without an extensive lawn area. Here are some great alternatives to grass to use in your yard!
Alternatives to Grass Use
Groundcover plants are great grass alternatives because they function very similarly to grass. They provide the same benefits; they protect the topsoil from drought and erosion. However, groundcovers are a gardening win as they do not need to be mowed or pruned, grow beautifully on Southern California slopes, and often end up choking out weeds and other invasive plants.
Xeriscaping is a trending landscaping style that requires minimal or no irrigation. This is especially useful in the Los Angeles area, as it alleviates the need for constant watering of grass in the face of dry, hot weather and drought. Xeriscaping uses natural plants, groundcovers, and stones to focus on a landscape that the natural climate and water sources can sustain.
Artificial turf can give you the appearance of a grassy lawn without all the hassle. It looks pleasing and well maintained no matter the weather or season, and you don’t have to fertilize, water, or mow! It can be great for pet owners or frequent travelers. However, it may reduce the biodiversity of your garden, and you should be wary of low-quality products, as they will look fake and detract from the appearance of your lawn.
Rocks and Stones
Using any stone is a natural-looking grass alternative. Rocks can be water-saving and low maintenance. There are many types depending on your lawn aesthetic, with gravel being a great basic option. Lava rocks are a lightweight, porous material that stands out from other stones. Glass gravel consists of recycled glass pieces that are cleaned and tumbled to eliminate sharp edges. With a variety of colors, it can add an artsy, mosaic feel to your lawn. Pea gravel is an affordable option for covering lots of ground, and river rock and slate chips are natural-looking, increasingly trendy landscaping options.
Ditch the Grass with Design Scapes
Are you sick of grass? We at Design Scapes can help you reimagine your tiresome lawn into something new, easy to maintain, and affordable. Give us a call today for a consultation!