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Stay Green With These Lawn Alternatives

by Nancy Hicks - GRI, CRS 08/15/2021

Image by Zdeněk Chalupský from Pixabay

If you’re considering replacing your lawn with something more sustainable and low-maintenance, there are many options to choose from. Many homeowners hesitate to get rid of their lawn because they will miss the softness and lush green color of grass. Luckily, there are lots of alternatives that can satisfy that same aesthetic demand while still saving you time and money. Here we’ll go over some of the best green (literally) alternatives for your lawn:


Clover and micro-clover make for an extremely lush and affordable lawn alternative. Clover processes and releases nitrogen back into the soil which not only improves its chemical composition but effectively fertilizes itself. You’ll never need to add fertilizer and it can grow healthy in any quality of soil. Clover is drought tolerant, meaning it can stay green all year with a fraction of the water a grass lawn would need. Dog owners will love clover’s resistance to urine spots, as well. There is very little that can discourage a clover lawn, making it one of the most cost and labor-efficient lawn alternatives available.


For another evergreen and low-maintenance grass alternative, try moss. Moss is incredibly easy to establish, and though it stays very low, it spreads quickly over large areas after simple initial planting. Moss will create a velvety but tough carpet over the ground that will stay green in the driest of summers. There’s no mowing or fertilizing required and there are lots of varieties to choose from. If you want a particular shade of green you can select from many varieties or even plant a mixture for a wilder natural look. The only real downside of a moss lawn is that it prefers the shade. If your yard is in full sun all year round, moss will struggle against the strong UV rays.

Artificial Turf

Artificial turf has improved drastically the last few decades. It used to be that the term artificial turf meant fake-looking, crunchy and cheap. Modern artificial turf is far more lifelike and even more resilient than its earlier incarnations. The biggest advantage of artificial turf is the durability. There’s a good reason sports team organizations around the world love using turf—it can take a beating! If your lawn is a regular spot for sports or other play, artificial turf won’t let you down in terms of damage control. It’s also practically zero maintenance compared to other lawn alternatives, except for any raking of leaves you might need to do.

Artificial turf, while it has made tremendous improvements, still has some major disadvantages. It’s incredibly expensive, averaging around $20 per square foot. This makes it a huge investment for those with larger outdoor spaces to cover. Drainage is another issue that some homeowners find with artificial turf, especially in wetter climates. If the soil underneath the turf has poor drainage, you might end up with problems in the future. Many choose to install additional drainage underneath the lawn to mitigate this, which of course adds another upfront expense.

These are just a few of the options if you want something green to replace your grass lawn. There is a wide variety of ground covering plants you can use as well as other options like ornamental grasses or creating garden beds. It’s a good idea to consult local landscaping professionals who know the climate and soil where you live, as they can help you gather information to aide your decision-making.

About the Author

Nancy Hicks - GRI, CRS

NANCY HICKS has turned her love for the area into a successful career as one of the Portland area's leading real estate professionals.  "I feel a real connection to this place," she explains.  "I cant imagine any place else in the world that could capture the essence of Portland."

With experience in interior design and remodeling her own home as well as others, Nancy knows how to help her clients find the solutions that can substantially increase the selling price of their home.  She is able to envision the specific alterations to a home that can make it more appealing to potential qualified buyers, and help buyers "SEE" a home they are about to purchase with all its potential. 

Creating a bond with her clients, Nancy is better able to deliver the results that they seek---and deserve---from their real estate transaction.   By bringing her clients the information, knowledge and advice that can connect them to their success, she is ensuring that they go about their lives with as little disruption as possible.  Nancy is committed to helping her clients get the most from the area and their home sale or purchase. 

NANCY HICKS has a distinctive approach to your real estate needs.

She combines her 35+years of experience and knowledge of the area to help you make decisions that will lead you through a successful and rewarding transaction. Whether you are buying or selling, Nancy can show you the best way to reach your real estate goals.  She provides an outstanding level of service throughout the entire transaction and carefully LISTENS to the needs of every client in order to maximize their important investment. 

Call Nancy today for a no-obligation consultation and discover "Your Connection for Success". You'll be glad you did!