Spring is right around the corner and with it, the start of lawn mowing season. This is also the time for homeowners who are looking for something a little different in their landscaping to consider a non-traditional grass for their lawn.
Whether looking for greater durability or lower lawn maintenance requirements, there are many types of grass to consider when looking for different grass. Some popular options are grass mixes created to require less water and lawn care.
Why Non-Traditional Grasses?
There are hundreds of varieties of grasses that can be used for lawns today, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Native grasses are typically the hardiest varieties in a given region; however, they may not be the most attractive landscaping varieties.
Many homeowners have replaced native local grasses with non-traditional yet climate compatible ones to improve property appearance or to gain lower water consumption and decreased need for lawn care.
Solving Problems with Non-Traditional Species
In addition to looking different, non-traditional grass types can also be used to solve landscaping problems when common species will not grow well due to the certain sun, soil, or water conditions.
Yards with too much shade will benefit by being planted with grasses that thrive in low sun, while drought-resistant varieties can survive hot summers with little water.
Some species are especially tough for the foot traffic of people and pets, while others grow to form luxurious carpets that require surprisingly little lawn mowing.
Whatever the challenge may be, there are a variety of grasses available that can be planted in place of a more plain and common variety. Planting specialty grasses can improve the looks of the lawn while solving a number of common problems.
How to Plant Non-Traditional Lawns
There are a number of ways that homeowners can gain the benefits of a selected non-traditional grass species in their lawn. Either the homeowners or their lawn maintenance company can lay seed on cleared soil and grow a brand new lawn or overseeding can be done to create a mix of different grasses. Grass can also be ordered as plugs and then planted into bare soil or throughout an existing lawn.
Many non-traditional species are also available as sod, which typically costs more than other methods but offers the benefit of instant results that require less lawn care to be established. Sod needs only to be watered and fed to encourage root growth to make it a permanent ground cover wherever it is planted.
Whether the goal is to stand out from all other homes in a neighborhood or simply to establish a healthy lawn that demands less lawn mowing and watering, homeowners have many choices.
Just remember to think about the individual lawn care requirements of each grass type to ensure its durability in the local climate. The best recommendation when considering non-traditional grasses is to discuss it with a local lawn maintenance company since they should have many good ideas on which species are suitable for use in any given area!