Use Slabs to Cut Down on Lawn Areas

If some lawn areas is a must, artistically places slabs may cut down on water use, as shown in this yard area from FreshDesignPedia.  While some irrigation may be necessary, water falling on the slabs will runoff into areas between the slabs.  The slabs may also limit evaporation by trapping water underneath, further reducing water required for irrigation.


This image from shows another use of slabs in conjunction with grass to create a livable outdoor space:



Creating Recreational Spaces with Planking

A lawn may be closely linked with the idea of leisure time….but how many leisure spaces do you visit outside of your home that are made up of lawn?

In many parts of the world, an area planted with grass with offer a squishy or dirty area to lie down much of the year.  Not anybody’s idea of fun.

In this areas, from, owners have created a livable recreational space with a bit of planking, lawn furniture, and plantings.

To maximize the lifetime of the planking, consider using a composite decking certified for direct soil contact, or use gravel underneath to provide drainage.

Xeriscaping Backyard deck landscaping with wooden path, garden plants, house, Achillea, ornamental grasses, flowers, lawn grass, replacing part of the lawn with drought tolerant alternatives

Keep Your Lawn Green in Summer…Without Water

In many areas of the world, lawns draw the most resources during summer, when high temperatures create the demand for irrigation.

While letting the lawn go dormant may be an alternative, it’s not always feasible in some areas, given home owners associations, neighbors, etc.

One solution?  Lawn paint.

A recently introduced product is shown being applied in the image below from CTVNews’s web site.


Why Killing Your Lawn is a Good Idea…and How to Do It

Why do we love our lawns when they don’t love us back? We pay a gardener or mow every week. We weed, edge, and blow. We aerate and add chemicals that pollute our waterways. And still, our lawns need more—often a lot more.

What’s more, a tremendous amount potable water is used to irrigate our landscapes. And because grass and the soil under it are often severely compacted, many lawns act like a paved surface that water just runs off. Even under the best conditions, our lawns’ root systems are very shallow. Plants with deeper root systems allow for healthier soil. The healthier our soil, the more water it can absorb, so there’s less runoff….read more

Is It Time to Kill Your Lawn?

An American tradition is losing ground to the new kid on the block: edible gardens

No crop captures the American soul more than lawns.

Forget amber waves of grain. Envision, instead, emerald waves of turfgrass that stretch from sea to shining sea, a continental carpet that leapfrogs from home to home, park to park, campus to campus. Unlike amber grain, a green lawn is equally likely to exist in Portland, Maine; Portland, Ind.; Portland, N.D.; or Portland, Ore.   Read more…..