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alternatives to grass for lawn!!

Posted by miamisunray 10 (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 9, 13 at 19:47

Hello..

I have a 1/4 acre property in North Miami and my brother and I were wondering.... Why a green lawn??

I have seen some gorgeous small purple flowers attached to some weeds.. and some white as well.. I can only imagine how amazing it would be to have an entire lawn covered with one or more colorful 'weeds'... The creeping weed-type grass here is very invasive anyway... and before another local told me that . "no, that is your grass'" I had pulled out dozens of yards of the stuff!!

Any ideas out there?? Why should a lawn have green grass in it anyway?? Nice, soft, flowering, colorful weeds says I !! A blanket of color would look awesome...

thanks for any help,

Ray


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RE: alternatives to grass for lawn!!

White clover and strawberry clover are probably the most popular lawn alternatives.

pros:
--nitrogen fixation
--spreads to form thick canopy -> weed suppression
--very green and stays that way under a wider range of conditions than grass

cons:
--poor wear tolerance (should be mixed with grass if there will be wear)
--flowers attract bees (or can be seen as a pro by nature lovers)
--specific to your requirements, flowers aren't particularly attractive--most people mow low and frequently enough to minimize flowering--but that's in the eye of the beholder


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RE: alternatives to grass for lawn!!

Your neighbors will hate you. You will probably be very sorry. Those flowers are seasonal and only last a short time. Seriously, it will look like you have a lawn made of 100% weeds.


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RE: alternatives to grass for lawn!!

Nah, I've seen some beautiful clover lawns. Clover mixed properly into grass and mowed regularly looks very nice.


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RE: alternatives to grass for lawn!!

mulchmamma have you changed your mind?


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RE: alternatives to grass for lawn!!

When all you have is clover with even coverage, it looks amazing - plush! The problem is when you have grass and clumps of clover. Mow every other week at your mower's highest setting. Let the bees have all the pollen and nectar they want.


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