I love watching my children play on natural grass, I love the freshness it brings to the garden and I love the smell of freshly cut grass, but I hate the noise of the mower, the abuse of chemical fertilizers, the excessive consumption of water and the fight continues against fungi in the soil. If you have not been able to choose the variety of grass well, you may end up preferring to change it and for that nothing better than any of the options that I present today.
Can you imagine anything better than lying on a cool green carpet one summer day to observe the whimsical shapes of the clouds? Isn’t it much more palatable to spend the weekend playing with your little ones on the grass than having to be mowing and raking? What if I also tell you that depending on the plan you choose, you can save enough money on water and chemicals? And for more information, take care of the environment by saving unnecessary pesticides.
Well, if you are one of those who want to have a green surface without the need to withstand all the problems posed by traditional turf, take note, because I am going to talk about some substitutes as resistant as the grass of a lifetime. And yes, there are those that support the traffic and children’s games on them.
The carex is ornamental grasses that remain green throughout the year. Some varieties such as Carex pansa or Carex praegracilis are ideal for covering soils due to their limited growth and low water requirements. Keep in mind that they are warm-weather plants and do not tolerate low temperatures. They are not plants to keep as short as an English lawn, but they look fantastic.
Surprisingly resistant to trampling, a ground cover plant that produces small blue flowers from spring to autumn. Very widespread as a rockery plant, it can also be used as a lawn substitute. Tolerates some shade but it is better to plant it in full sun. USDA zones 5 to 9.
It is a ground cover plant of just 2 centimeters high and 30 cm wide that grows well in any type of soil and supports occasional droughts. The most suitable exposure for cultivation is in full sun. Suitable from zones 5.
Do you have a lot of shade? Consider replacing grass with moss. It seems absurd if you’ve always been struggling to remove moss from the grass. But the moss is suitable for humid and dark areas, easy to grow and resists trampling.
There are different types of Dichondra but for sunny spaces, you can use the Dichondra micrantha and the repens if you have less sun. It is ideal for hot climates (zones 8 to 10), it spreads quickly and grows between 10 or 15 cm high.
Keep in mind that of these plants I only know dichondra repens personally, I have it mixed with grass in the garden and the result is good. Of the rest of the plants, I tell you what I have found out about them, so before deciding on one, it is best that you study it further to see if all its features adapt to your garden.
And if you’ve already experimented with a substitute for traditional turf, I’d like to know your experience.