10 Great Natural Lawn Alternatives

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Last year we shared an article about how clover lawns can be a beautiful and sustainable alternative to traditional grass, but clover isn’t the only option to green up your greenery. Here are 10 other natural lawn alternatives. 

  1. Creeping Thyme. Also called wild thyme, this plant grows well in well-drained yards and bees love its small flowers. It survives well from year to year with little maintenance. 
  2. Creeping Mazus. This plant only grows about two inches tall, making it perfect for a lawn replacement. It thrives in well-drained yards and its small purple flowers are beautiful in spring. 
  3. Cedar sage. Sages are a great option for damp, shaded yards. Bunching them together makes for a great lawn-like feel. 
  4. Lily Turf. Also good for shady backyards, these flowering plants are beautiful and do an excellent job of attracting wildlife. 
  5. Sweet Woodruff. This plant spreads easily, so it’s a great low maintenance option for shady yards. Plus, its fragrant flowers will make your yard smell heavenly in the spring and summer. 
  6. Corsican Mint. Similar to clovers, this plant has small round leaves that create a soft texture underfoot and thrives in most growing conditions. 
  7. Creeping Jenny. This hearty plant grows well in rough conditions and the “Aurea” variety even produces beautiful yellow flowers. 
  8. Blue Fescue. This plant won’t have the same texture as grass, but its blue hue makes for a gorgeous ornamental grass that thrives in dry climates. 
  9. Lily of the Valley. For a more delicate look, you’ll love the delicate bell-shaped flowers of this plant. It spreads easily from year to year making it a low-maintenance option. 
  10. Native Plants. Native plants are the most sustainable option for your yard. While they might not offer the same atmosphere as a lawn, they are the best for supporting pollinators and local ecosystems. 

Spring is right around the corner and if you’re looking to spruce up your yard and reduce water use, consider some of these plant options!

By Amelia Buckley for The Optimist Daily: Making Solutions the News

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