Do you have a front lawn that gets dry and brown in this hot, sunny weather? Are you constantly watering to keep your grass healthy? Because the species in most typical grass seeds are non-drought tolerant and non-native, they require a lot more upkeep to keep them healthy. There are many benefits to having nice grass; it’s great to walk barefoot on, great for playing sports, great for animals and pets, and more.
If typical grass seeds sold today aren’t native to the area, where did they come from?
The typical front lawn we know of today came from Europe and was a sign of wealth and status. Only the rich could afford to hire people to weed it and water it. The invention of the lawnmower allowed for easier maintenance, then when people migrated from Europe to North America, they brought their grass seed with them.
So, why is it time to rethink your front lawn? Here are five reasons!
- Time & Money savings
Think about all the time and money you’ll save! Whether you reduce your front lawn or get rid of it altogether, you’ll be saving time and money on maintenance inputs (water, lawnmowers, fertilizer, weed killer, etc.) into your lawn. Planting a garden with flowers, shrubs, herbs, vegetables, and trees requires no weekly mowing rather only spring clean-up and occasional weeding.
- Add more beauty and colour
Be a trendsetter! Get more colour in your front yard. There are various wildflowers, shrubs, and small trees with varying shapes, textures, and colours. Experiment with different types of plants. Native plants are always a good choice because they are hardy and used to the local climate.
- Wildlife benefits
Lawns provide almost no food or habitat for insects. By replacing even some of your grass with a garden, you will have more visitors in your yard. Diverse yards attract birds, bees, butterflies, and more!
- They are more green!
Not the colour green, environmentally friendly! Reducing your lawn means less greenhouse gas inputs from gas-powered mowers. Gardens have deeper root systems than mono-culture grass, meaning less risk of erosion and phosphorus runoff. Gardens also absorb more CO² store it deeper in the ground than traditional lawns.
- Save water!
You won’t be needing as much water, especially if you choose drought-tolerant, native species! Sod requires a lot more water to stay healthy than a garden does. When you get rid of the lawn, you also get rid of the high-water bill.
Don’t want to get rid of all your lawn? No problem! Start small. Replace a piece of your lawn with a garden. Ask yourself where your family uses the lawn? The front or the back? Get rid of areas of lawn you’re not using for play.
Planting a garden initially is pricier than planting grass, but once your garden has matured (especially a native plant garden) it will be very little maintenance and will be very enjoyable.