Whether you’re living in a dry climate, wanting to conserve water or simply too busy to keep mowing and fertilizing a sprawling green lawn, there are many options to create a beautiful landscaped backyard with no grass. Here are a few of our favorite ways to repurpose your outdoor space.
Create a shade-lover’s oasis
If your yard is blessed with lots of mature trees, consider planting clusters of ferns, hostas, moss and other varieties that thrive in the shade. Get started by using your Garden Weasel Medium Nut Gatherer to pick up large acorns, pecans, and other similar sized items. Lay plenty of mulch between plants, and allow your backyard to become a lush forest area. Scatter large colorful pots of plants throughout to add interest.
Let some gorgeous ground covers spread out
With so many lovely varieties of low-growing perennial plants – many with pretty blossoms, interesting texture and fragrant foliage – you can have a spectacular and low-maintenance garden in no time. Sun-loving, drought-tolerant sedums spread quickly and feature small, colorful flowers that attract pollinators, plus their leaves range from blue to gray to burgundy. Succulents like hen-and-chicks grow well alongside them. Creeping phlox offers purple, pink, white and red blossoms, and it also attracts beneficial insects and birds to your space.
Put in an herb garden
In addition to growing the fixings for whatever delicious meals are created in your kitchen, many herbs – such as thyme – are also fragrant groundcovers, becoming a carpet of lush foliage that then blooms into pink, blue and white flowers. Plant an aromatherapy garden that includes rosemary, basil, chives and mint – although put this last variety into a pot buried in soil, as it’s an invasive variety.
Build some raised vegetable beds
Instead of an endless expanse of grass, set up some raised garden beds that will provide food for your family. You can buy ready-made boxes, or build them yourself from a kit or from recycled materials. Easy vegetables to grow include peppers, lettuce, tomatoes and zucchini.
Expand your entertaining area
If you enjoy hosting friends and family, why not lay paving stones or stamped concrete outside so everyone has more room to mingle, dine alfresco and lounge under the stars? If you always wanted room for an outdoor kitchen and more seating areas, remove grass in favor of usable outdoor space for your guests. Create walkways throughout the garden using pea gravel or flagstone paths that invite visitors to explore your yard.
Install a large water feature
Whether you want a koi pond, a natural swimming hole or a marsh-like oasis, having water outside makes your home feel like a vacation resort. Add some fountains or waterfalls to create the ultimate sensory garden.