Rollins prefers turf around her pool because of the softness it creates. "I tend not to look at it as fake grass" says Rollins of the artificial turf she says is more economical in the long run. Rollins has three dogs and purchased a special variety of turf that works well with pets.
If you have an area where turf is thin or just won’t grow, swap it for some easy-care ornamental grasses and sedges. These plants bring texture and year-long interest to any yard, and their care routine is beyond simple. An annual trim keeps most grasses in check, while sedges need very little annual grooming. A quick brush in early to mid-spring with gloved hands is usually enough to pull out dead stems and trigger new growth.
This manicured modern outdoor sitting area features lovely landscaping. Turf is a great alternative to a lawn: it saves water, it's pesticide free and there's no mowing needed. Black mondo grass is a great groundcover. Use native plantings for a fuss-free, sustainable environment.
This Southern New Jersey home’s backyard blends artificial grass seamlessly with flowers and mulch to create a natural looking lawn that doesn’t require water or fertilizer. An organic vegetable garden would do nicely adjacent to this lawn.
A beautiful lawn makes planting beds sparkle. This bed features a blend of shrubs, perennials and annuals, including Sweet Caroline Bewitched Green with Envy sweet potato vine and Hippo Red and Hippo Rose hypoestes. The planting also includes several ornamental grasses: ‘Fireworks’ variegated fountain grass, ‘Sky Rocket’ purple fountain grass, and Vertigo elephant grass.
How you mow has a huge impact on how thirsty your lawn is. Mowing turf high encourages roots to sink deep, which means the lawn won’t need watered as often. A sharp mower blade cuts grass cleanly, which reduces water loss per grass blade.
The expansive outdoor grounds extend to a tennis court surrounded by manicured gardens. The court is made from artificial turf offering the benefits of a grass court without the maintenance that goes along with it.
This urban backyard is made for entertaining and relaxation! The grass is actually artificial turf, so you never have to worry about mowing. Lounge on colorful cushions on the patio, or sit on the outdoor furniture under strings of lights. Plenty of plants and trees make for a lush outdoor oasis.
Lawns demand a lot of time and attention to look their best. Mowing, weeding, feeding—it’s a year-round effort to keep grass gorgeous. One way to reduce your time investment in lawn care is to limit the amount of lawn you have. Trade turf for pretty planting beds stocked with shrubs, perennials and ornamental grasses. This bed happens to be a rain garden, which means its beauty is more than petal deep. It also helps to disperse rainwater runoff.
If you’re an avid rock collector, you can put your collection to good use as a lawn edging along flower beds. With this type of lawn edging, use any size of stones, arranging them to create a visual tapestry of color and texture. Many gardeners who opt for a mixed stone edging rely on a spritz of grass killer to keep turf from growing around and between rocks. It creates a look like this at first, with the grass being straw colored and dead. After the grass dies, it breaks down, and the rocks take the spotlight.
More and more homeowners are embracing artificial grass (especially in drought-plagued California) as a water-saving, low-maintenance alternative to a turf lawn. You can also use the occasional artificial boxwood here and there in containers, says Wade, as long as you don't go overboard: balance fake and real to better fool the eye.