Replacing Grass Lawns With Groundcovers
Gardeners in the West, and across the country, are learning that you don’t need a lawn to have a beautiful yard. Replacing thirsty turf with waterwise plants will improve curb appeal and help support pollinators and birds while significantly saving water. Waterwise plants can use up to 70% less water than Kentucky Bluegrass! Read on to learn the perks of replacing your lawn with groundcovers, and see recommendations for quick-growing groundcovers and planting tips that will have your yard looking its best in no time.
Planting Groundcovers To Prevent A Heat Island Effect
Though it may seem like a quick solution - ripping out lawns and replacing them with bare patches of gravel or pavers is a short-sighted solution. Plants enhance, protect, and cool the soil. When lawns are removed and replaced only with gravel or pavers, it results in raising temperatures. Gravel and stone absorb heat, and on a large scale, this intensifies the urban “heat island” effect. As heat increases, we need to use more energy to cool our nearby living spaces. Use groundcovers instead of gravel to keep your yard cool - and colorful.