A healthy, green lawn can really add to the look and enjoyment of any property. But for many owners in Southern California, it is a constant struggle to maintain a natural grass lawn, and the time and cost can be extremely high. The good news is that there are alternatives to the traditional lawn which will not only end your landscaping nightmare but will elevate the attractiveness and value of your property.
It may be time to go a different direction when it comes to your lawn. There are many possibilities for you to explore, but the following three have proven to have a great deal of appeal.
Ornamental grasses are a fantastic lawn replacement in areas where rainfall or soil conditions make growing a beautiful traditional grass yard more difficult. Ornamental grasses provide a stunning show when the breeze blows and offer your property a true standout appearance. As a bonus, ornamental grasses thrive in relatively poor soil and are drought resistant.
A few of the more popular varieties of ornamental grasses include Desert Plains Fountain Grass with its bottlebrush seedheads; Prairie Dropseed, with its tight pom-poms of greenery; or the Prairie Sky Switchgrass which can grow to over 6 feet in height making it the perfect plant for privacy. There are many more types of decorative grasses you can choose, so check with your local garden center to see which ones will grow the best for you.
A Stone or Gravel Garden
Are you looking for an extremely low maintenance lawn option which can still give your yard an intriguing look? Tap into your inner Zen and cultivate a rock garden. You can opt to go the traditional route by incorporating some of the authentic aspects of Japanese dry gardens such as raked gravel, massive rock formations, sand structures, and fish ponds, or create something more natural-looking. Choose stones and gravel with a variety of different colors and textures to add interest, and if you are willing to spend a little more time taking care of your lawn, mixing rocks, grasses and desert plants can create a truly amazing landscape.
This option may not be the most natural, but if you really desire the look of real grass and are willing to make the rather large initial investment, it may be a good option for you. Modern faux grass has improved over the years, and lots of companies create products that do indeed have the look and even the feel of natural grass. Synthetic grass gives you the benefits of a flat, level place for kids to play and there are also products which are pet-friendly.
Installing whichever lawn alternative you chose is going to create a lot of waste. Dispose of it correctly by renting a dumpster from Debris Box. Call us at Debris Box at 619-284-9245 to find the right container for you.