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FutureStarrGrass Alternatives Oregon
I find what I enjoy to be contrary to what most people enjoy... a flat green grass lawn. However, I am uncertain what to do as a do-it-your-self, low-maintenance, native alternative. so I'm currently researching things like fountain grass borders, clover for a lawn alternative, things that do not need to be mowed. Are perennial and flowering would be great. and drought resistant in order to save water. I don't know where to start. but recently read an article that suggested one start with ones local county extension. I'm actually in Marion county. Can you recommend some books, or websites or plants that might do well in my yard?
The right groundcovers can reduce your fertilizer and maintenance needs along with conserving water, energy, and--most of all--your time. Groundcovers go one better by providing food and cover for birds, insects and other small mammals. And, unlike turf, caring for groundcovers doesn't consume the huge amounts of materials and energy that caring for turf-grasses does. As such, groundcovers can greatly reduce the carbon footprint on the environment.The perks of traditional turf lawns, however, come with some serious costs—like fuel for mowers, fertilizers, pesticides, and watering, just to name a few. But it’s more than just money out of your pocket. Standard grass lawns are extremely tough on the environment.They need frequent mowing and maintenance, resulting in toxic emissions (get this: 17 million gallons of gasoline are spilled annually while refueling lawn mowers). Plus, they’re total water guzzlers—most lawns require about 1.5 inches of water per week just to survive!
Minimizing your turf lawn—or replacing it altogether—can be a major undertaking. Getting rid of all the grass and planting a new ground covering, even in a small area, is not a small project. But we believe it will absolutely pay off. In fact, in some cases, you’ll see a return on investment before the growing season is even over! And no matter your lawn’s type, size or growing region, you’ll have several different and unique lawn alternatives to choose from, each with their own set of perks.The benefits of a clover lawn are many. Most notably, it’s extremely affordable and a natural soil fertilizer. In fact, clover is often planted by gardeners as a soil conditioner. Its nitrogen-fixing properties provide a constant trickle of fertilizer to surrounding grasses, so planting a patch of clover means your lawn as a whole will be healthier and greener. A clover lawn does best in poor soil, so it’s the perfect choice for yards with below-average soil quality. Micro-clover has smaller leaves and can be used to overseed your lawn mixed with low maintenance turf grasses. (Source: elemental.green)