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May 8, 2021 | Everyday Sustainability

A case against the lawn

Everyday Sustainability

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Written by Sylvia

It’s time for us to reconsider our obsession with the lawn. I think it’s healthy to take a moment to analyse our regular habits and try to find the purpose & reason for them. If we decide that they are sound, pleasant and good for us & the environment, by all means, continue… otherwise, revise and endeavour to introduce new changes.

Don’t worry I’m not going to make you get rid of your lawn all together I just want you to consider some alternatives.

Firstly, let’s look at why the lawn isn’t such a good idea

  • for starters, it takes a lot of water, especially during dry weather. Sometimes even an irrigation system may be required to keep it looking nice and lush at all times.
  • secondly, it requires regular mowing which is time and energy-consuming.
  • thirdly, it needs chemicals and supplements to keep it looking healthy and to keep the pests away (as grass naturally attracts them).

Overall, most lawns require a lot of time, money and attention. What I’m suggesting is something that looks equally appealing without all the unnecessary chemicals water and maintenance.

Let’s take a look at some alternatives, which not only require little maintenance but also thrive in all kinds of weather at the same time inviting a variety of friendly bugs into our gardens, bringing back biodiversity.

You may find some of the alternatives even more visually appealing than the standard lawn and help your house stand out from looking like every other front yard on the block.

According to a study by Columbia University, traditional lawns require between 30-60 percent of fresh urban water – most of which is usually wasted by poor timing or incorrect application.

Here are some delightful alternatives

Here is a list of some alternatives – they don’t just look great, some of them (such as Red Thyme) naturally repel pests, e.g. mosquitos.

Most of them don’t need mowing (well, maybe a little pruning from time to time) as they only grow to a certain height.

  • Blue Star Creeper
  • Oregano Grass
  • Elfin Thyme
  • Red Thyme
  • Kidney Weed
  • Lawn Chamomile
  • Viola Hederacea
  • Green Carpet Rupturewort
  • Clover Seed


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