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Old 03-06-2019, 12:21 PM   #1
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Lawn alternatives where you are


Lawns can be beautiful. Run barefoot across them, fa-la-la-la, do cartwheels, spread a blanket for a picnic for you, the ants, the cats and the dogs . . .

But maintaining them can get expensive, particularly in parts of the U.S. (or Canada, too?) where raising nice lawn grass is hard or expensive.

Here in California we're always on the cusp of water shortages and restrictions. The State passed laws recently overruling local rules on maintaining lawns, and many have resorted to non-lawns.

I have a big palm garden that shades out the weeds, and would shade out a lawn if I had one.

But there's lots of other things, too, including cacti and succulents, ivy (Hedera), and even gravel that can at least perform some of the functions of lawns. I know that some dry-land grasses have been pressed into service as lawns, especially in places like the Dakotas.

So, share with us what you see, or even do?
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Get some astroturf, no watering, no cutting always green.

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Get some astroturf, no watering, no cutting always green.

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Does anyone actually do Astroturf in WI?
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Not that I know of. We are very spoiled here with water. Many cities municipal water supply is from Lake Michigan. And plenty falls from the sky.

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Would be pretty nice to have astroturf tho

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We have a neighbour with a small front lawn that is artificial. I don't know what kind of base preparation is required. It sure looks weird during the late fall/early winter before the snow hits the ground.


I thought a lot of places down there used 'hardscaping' with stone, etc. I saw a place last summer in Newfoundland that had used crushed local stone which had a lot of grey, black and pink with some quartz bands. Actually looked pretty cool. I would think if your local availability is limited to monochrome grey, brown, etc. it might look pretty bland. Low maintenance though.
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Low grassy plants like Liriope, Mondo and Monkey grasses are pretty tough here.
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