How to Landscape Without Grass

In some states, it’s just not feasible to have a lush lawn. Desert climates make it tough to create a nice green space. Plus, the water used to make lawns grow is often wasted, and that cuts back on natural water resources. Even if there aren’t water restrictions in your town, landscaping without grass is a great way to help the environment. Here are some helpful tips on how to create a lovely lawn without grass.

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1. Add some drought-tolerant grasses to your front yard space. The great thing about planting grasses and shrubs that are unusual is that you can also create a really interesting landscape. If you live in a water-restricted area, plants that are not in need of constant watering will flourish when water is scarce.

2. Go with rocks. Large rocks that cover up part of a lawn are nice on your toes in the summertime (they trap the heat), and they have excellent curb appeal (in case you’re thinking about selling your home).

3. Aloe and agave are beautiful and low-maintenance. These colorful plants are nice to look at, don’t take too much water, and can really contrast with your home if you place blue or colored pots outside of your house.

4. Synthetic floors look great. If you use a material like Trex to add flooring to your outdoor space, you won’t have to worry about maintenance. Plus, materials like these were meant to withstand lots of different types of weather.

5. Work with a landscape designer. You don’t have to fork over a ton of cash in order to make a lawn really stand out. All you have to do is speak with a professional landscaper, figure out what works for you, and create a lawn that’s attractive and inviting – all without the use of any grass that requires constant watering.

Some Facts on Lawn Water Use

1. Less than 1% of water in the U.S. is actually consumed. The rest of that water is used for lawns, toilets, washing machines, and for other uses.

2. Nearly 50% of water used by households is used outdoors. If you cut back on watering your lawn, you will also cut back on your water bill.

3. Watering your lawn (if you must) during the first weeks of spring will help to hydrate your lawn much better than watering it later in the year.

4. A large number of people use automated sprinkler systems to spray lawns throughout the day, regardless of the weather. If it’s raining outside, you don’t need to water your lawn!

The idea here is to be conscious of what you are doing when it comes to your lawn space. If you really want to have that lush green lawn, try to reduce your water consumption. That said, there are plenty of breathtaking ways to landscape your entire property without the use of grass. Most of the water in North America goes towards making lawns look good, and that’s just a waste of water. Do your part this Earth Day week, and try to cut back on the amount of water that you use.

The Colorado Water Scene

There aren’t caps on water usage in various parts of Colorado, but some neighborhoods to put a restriction on water use for good reason. Since Colorado lands are lush, you can really add almost any kind of plant to your property (and some amazing trees too!) without resorting to water logged lawns. Find a landscaper in your area to work with, check out other homes for inspiration, and see what you can create.

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