Lawns -- Why Less is More

Shari Altman
Home & Garden
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Lawn Alternatives
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Lawn care requires a great deal of time, energy, and resources (like loads of water and gasoline for the mower!) to look its best. Most of us have very busy lives but still want our yards to look attractive, so what can we do?

Well, have you ever considered reducing the size of your lawn?

If you want to reduce the size of your lawn and free up some of your time for enjoying the great outdoors, here are just a few options:

  • Plant clover. It's green, it's soft and it doesn't require fertilizer. Plus, it adds nitrogen to your soil.
  • Plant ground covers from moss to herbs to decrease mowing time.
  • Xeriscape. Plant drought tolerant, native plants to decrease water use.
  • Plant a wildflower meadow to attract beneficial insects and pollinators.
  • Focus on edible landscaping. Add more garden beds and fruit trees to your yard.

We all love grassy, open spaces in our yard where our children can play, our pets can romp, and we can relax. But why not consider adding one of the elements above to reduce the resources and time you have to spend keeping your yard looking its best?

Want to learn more? Visit Lawn Reform Coaltion and Less Lawn for more information and inspiration.

Would you consider reducing the size of your lawn? Why or why not?

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