Ground Cover Plants and More as Lawn Substitutes

Front yard flowers
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This is the time of year, most of us become disillusioned with our lawns. Water, aerate, water, reseed, water, fertilize, then repeat and that doesn’t include the mowing. It’s a never ending cycle. Customers send emails wanting to know how they can forget the grass and have something that is just not as time consuming.

Well…there are lawn options and planning is a must or you will be the neighborhood poster yard for weeds. Ground cover plants, ornamental grasses and perennials are popular, but we have more ideas.

Here are a few ideas for lawn substitutes:

  • Cutting flower garden
  • Artificial grass (don’t laugh, it is being used quite often)
  • Spreading perennials
  • Clover
  • Landscape Pavers
  • Heavily chipped mulch
  • Pea gravel

Here are more ideas with pictures should you decide to go lawnless in the future. Lawn SubstitutesMore Lawn SubstitutesEven More Lawn Substitutes.

Check out Ground Cover Plants at Greenwood Nursery.

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10 Ideas for Immediate Privacy

Entry Gate and Decorative Privacy Fence
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Greenwood’s top 10 ideas for immediate outdoor privacy are:

 

  1. Strategically placed fencing section
  2. Lattice panels (especially good for corners and patios)
  3. Drape burlap or a dense fabric over temporary frames for tent like effect
  4. Trellises (don’t hesitate to wind silk vines for color and privacy)
  5. Build large sections of frames stapling screen to the backs
  6. Stack potted plants – vary their heights by placing taller pots on tables or stands
  7. Pot up tall bamboo plants for a beautiful backdrop
  8. Check out the basement or garage to see if there is anything that can be taken outside (temporarily) for an interesting barrier such as old doors, shutters, screens, etc.
  9. Visit your local salvage store to look around – inexpensive sections of outdoor siding, for example, can be secured and painted for a great privacy divider
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