We’ve written a lot over the past two years about losing at least HALF of your lawn areas to create a “greener” more eco-friendly garden. Losing some of your lawns areas is a fantastic way to make your garden space less water needy — and it will introduce new options to make your landscape current and interesting.
Replacing lawn areas with ground covers is a great option I recommend everyone to consider. And remember that if you position numerous species of ground covers together in large groupings, it will add much drama to your space, in addition to both color and texture. Think about creeping Jenny for a sunny areas and Creeping mints for shadier spots. And trailing yellow dale and trailing Lantana.
What to really ramp it up? Bring your sense of smell into the mix and add a fragrant ground cover, such as Sweet Woodruff, to your garden space.
If in the end your heart belongs to grass, think about replacing your lawn areas with grasses and grass-like options such as pink mulhy grass, liliope, deschampisi caespitosa (aka tufted hair grass) or mondo grass.
You’ll need to water your grasses and ground covers adequately until they’re established, after that, depending on the type, you’ll find your ground covers require up to 100% less than your former lawn areas.
GardenWise on “Green” Garden Projects
When a gardener asks, “How can I make my garden ‘green’?” The journey has begun. A thoughtful understanding that an outside space can have a positive impact on the environment is the first step to a green garden makeover. An exciting weekend project that will bring immediate and amazing results is to reduce your lawn area by at least half.
Substituting lawn areas with ground covers will provide beautiful colors and textures to your garden spaces. Ground covers retain moisture in the soil, help prevent erosion, and require significantly less water than grass, which will make your garden space eco-friendly. Creeping thymes and Creeping Jenny are good choices for sunny spots, and for shadier areas, tiny creeping mints such as Mentha requienii will work well. Some nice low-water choices include Trailing Yellow Dalea and Trailing lantana.
By adding some stone elements and pourous pavers into your plan, your garden space will come alive with wonderful garden paths that will add new dimensions to your garden spaces.
As we enjoy Fall, conserving water remains a priority. Here are some easy ways to get the biggest bangs for your water bucks.
Less Lawn. I write about this all the time. Reduce your lawn areas by half. The average American uses 200 gallons each day they water their lawn. Consider replacing some of that grass with an attractive groundcover which is drought resistant, covers a large area, and requires zero mowing.
Super Soak. Up to a third of all water from yoru irrigation system can evaporate during the heat of the day. Give your plants fewer, heavy soakings. If your watering routine includes using sprinklers, think about only using them in only use them in the morning.
Grey Is Good. Recapturing grey water or rainwater can provide a free source of garden irrigation. These systems can be easily installed and even incorporated into irrigation systems.
Drip. Drip. Drip. Drip irrigation systems water plants right at the root and serve as an efficient alternative to sprinkler systems. Be sure to get a timer for maximum effectiveness.
Maintaing Grass During a Heat Wave
Here at Garden Wise, we’re all about reducing lawn areas by half. Not eliminating lawns, but reducing them. It’s a great way to make your landscape more “green” and productive. Maintaining the remaining turf in your landscape at the height of the summer heat is crucial to the life of your lawn. Keep your grass longer in length in the blazing heat by raising the cutting height of your lawnmower an additional 1-2 inches. This will help your grass survive drought and heat as tall grass will shade the soil, reduce weeds and the effects of evaporation.
Water your lawn areas in the morning before the heat sets in, and if your grass is dry, Do Not Mow Your Turf until after it’s been watered, or until after it rains. Mowing a dry lawn will further stress the grass and expose it to the drying effects of the hot summer sun.