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Lawn Grass Alternatives -- Traditional lawn grass with high input maintenance, chemical usage, and other poor environmental practices are taking a backseat to planting grass alternatives or eco-friendly grass. Seedland gives you the option to grow outside the box as we provide
groundcovers and eco-friendly grass alternatives to conventional types of lawn grass.
Sometimes, people just want or need an alternative to standard lawn grass.
Perhaps you have an area in which conventional lawn grass will not grow. Or you wish to eliminate the maintenance and chemical usage of a conventional lawn grass, growing an
environmentally safe grass or grass alternative for your lawn. Check out the alternative lawn options below. Please note that some of the following links will open in our online store,
Seedland.com with more information.
Keep checking back here as we will be adding to this list of
grass alternatives for lawns. Be sure and check out our
Groundcovers at Seedland.com also.
These lawn grass alternatives have the added benefit of being herbs. Many plants fall into the category of 'herbs' and have uses such as cooking or as home remedies for various
conditions. Please do your homework before consuming ANY plant. This information is just that, information, Seedland assumes no liability for the consumption of plants that we sell
-- just had to add that.
Dichondra Seed - Alternative to grass lawns also used in creative landscaping
Wildflower & Grass Mix - A beautiful low maintenance &
eco-friendly lawn grass alternative
Creeping Thyme Seed - A beautiful grass alternative that has the added
benefit of being a useful herb in cooking and medicinal purposes
Roman Chamomile Seed - Enjoy a lawn fit for royalty as this is what they
grow. A fragrant herb that is great for erosion control and has the added benefit of being a useful herb in cooking, teas and medicinal purposes.
Note - With the exception of Dichondra,
the lawn grass alternatives listed above attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. If you are sensitive to insect stings you may want to reconsider your grass alternative choices.
Clovers are legumes with the primary
benefit of being soil nitrogen fixers. Thus clovers generally eliminate the need for nitrogen fertilizers in your soil. Read more by selecting
the links below.
White Dutch Clover - Our most popular
clover grass alternative reaches a height of only 4 to 8 inches. Great for smaller lawn areas or as an addition to larger lawns. Clovers are legumes and will add nitrogen to the soil -
eliminating the need for chemical nitrogen applications.
Strawberry Clover - Lawn grass alternative that performs much the same
as White Dutch clover with the exception of it's height which reaches 8 to 14 inches.
Strawberry clover will work as a lawn grass alternative in smaller lawn areas. It should be inter-seeded with grass for large lawn areas.
Note: Both of these clover varieties will attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. If you are sensitive to insect stings you need to be cautious when these clovers bloom.
Native grasses are the various regional & national grasses that were original to the particular area of the country (USA). There are many different native grass varieties that are
gaining favor for use in lawns, erosion control, pastures, bio-mass crops, wetland and wildlife habitat restoration in all areas of the USA.
Buffalo Grass is a very popular native grass that is being planted and adapted
outside it's area of origin in the USA. Buffalo grass requires little if any maintenance and is very drought tolerant.
Weeping Lovegrass - Grass alternative for hillside areas, erosion
Sedges As Grass Alternatives
Sedges are groundcover plants -- usually native to your
area --with grass like leaves growing in clumps or bunches. Perennial sedges such as the genus Carex spp. capture the look of an unbroken lawn.
They may be mown, just a few times a year, to establish a 'lawn' look or leave them un-mowed to let the breeze move their foliage. There are many narrow-bladed grass alternatives in the genus Carex. Some thrive in sun
whilst others seek shade. Varying in height and texture, there are Carex sedges for dry or boggy spots, clay or sandy soils, and all USDA Plant Hardiness Zones.
There are so many varieties of sedges and the genus Carex.spp. it?s a good idea to seek the advice of local extension agents or native-plant experts for help in selecting a regionally
appropriate sedge. More on Sedges coming Soon!
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