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Low-Maintenance Lawn Alternative Sedge (Carex spp) You can leave sedge unmowed for a taller, more meadow-like look, or mow it a few times a year to maintain more of a lawn look


Lawn Gone!: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard (Paperback)

from DIY

Which Plants to Use as Lawn Alternative

Irish Moss (Sagina subulata) & stones - Which Plants to Use as Lawn Alternative : Home Improvement : DIY Network

from Drought Smart Plants

Thyme Lawn - low maintenance & tough turf alternative

Wooly thyme, among others, makes a perfectly behaved lawn alternative. Sweet smelling, drought tolerant and never needs mowing or fertilizing. What could be better? The feel of it on bare toes is a textural treat, and the look of a happy thyme lawn adds romance and an established feel to the xeric garden. Plant some among pavers too.

from SF Gate

A Planting Guide for Red Creeping Thyme

Red Creeping Thyme. grows 3 inches tall max. no mowing needed ever. beautiful fresh lemony scent. gorgeous with lavender. perennial. repels mosquitoes. can grow as entire lawn.


The lowdown on dymondia and three other lawn alternatives

Do you have any suggestions for drought-tolerant, kid-friendly ground cover? We've read that dymondia works well to fill in space between pavers but haven't found any talk of how well this plant works as a grass substitute, spread across a yard.

UC Verde buffalograss: "Developed by UC Davis and UC Riverside and is specially adapted to suit the conditions in California. Once established, you will see up to a 75% reduction in water consumption due to its deep root system which reaches several feet into the ground."