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Casa Verde: Just Say No to Your Lawn

Are you tired of spending your weekends mowing your lawn? Maybe you're concerned about how much maintenance, water, and pesticides go into creating it? Here's a list of some great alternatives to a big old swath of grass:

  • Plant wildflower gardens to replace your lawn.
  • Use a grass variety that's more eco-friendly and needs less water.
  • Construct raised bed vegetable gardens.
  • Plant container gardens.
  • Plant fruit trees and berry bushes in parts of your lawn.

For a video from The Garden Girl with all of the instructions on getting started, just



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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great ideas.
okmaebe okmaebe 8 years
Another quick note on applying fertilizer. It doesn't just wash harmlessly away. Lakes and rivers get the fertilizing effects too. As a result, weeds and mosses overgrow, choking out fish, and devastating the natural ecology of the affected waterways. Ever been grossed out by seaweed on a summer day at the lake? Be prepared, because if the over-fertilizing doesn't stop, it's gonna be pretty icky.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
Love this post. I'm moving to a new place and instead of planting grass we'll deal with the grass that is already there and plant gardens to make it more beautiful. I'd rather have gardens and a dirt "lawn" than waste money and resources on a lawn you have to mow all the time.
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
thanks so much for posting this! it is so wasteful to have all that grass to mow and water and fertilize! i wish my mom would stop. :(
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