Traditional lawns are one of the biggest consumers of resources in landscaping, including water, fuel, and pesticides. In fact, according to the EPA, lawns consume nearly 3 trillion gallons of water a year and account for over 200 million gallons of gas used for mowing. Not to mention the over 70 million pounds of pesticides used on lawns annually. This has led many homeowners and businesses to look for alternative lawn options that are both sustainable and low-maintenance. One of the newest trends in alternative lawns is the "lazy lawn," and here at Earthwise Seed, we are excited to share this trend with you.
What is a Lazy Lawn?
A lazy lawn is a type of alternative lawn that mimics the look and feel of traditional grass lawns but requires significantly less maintenance. It typically consists of low-growing plants, such as clover, creeping thyme, or chamomile, that form a dense and durable mat of foliage. Lazy lawns are ideal for people who want a beautiful and functional lawn without the hassle of mowing, watering, or fertilizing.
Benefits of a Lazy Lawn
Water Conservation: Lazy lawns require significantly less water than traditional grass lawns, making them an ideal choice for drought-prone regions. They also help to reduce runoff and erosion, which can improve water quality in nearby streams and rivers.
Low Maintenance: Lazy lawns require minimal maintenance, which can save homeowners and businesses time and money on lawn care. Unlike traditional lawns that require frequent mowing, fertilizing, and watering, lazy lawns can be left to grow naturally without compromising their appearance.
Biodiversity: Lazy lawns can attract and support a variety of pollinators and beneficial insects, which can help to improve local ecosystems and biodiversity. They can also help to reduce the need for pesticides, which can be harmful to both people and wildlife.
How to Get Started
If you're interested in creating a lazy lawn, there are a few things to consider before getting started. First, it's important to choose the right plants for your region and soil type. Earthwise Seed can help you select the right seed mix for your area, based on your location, soil type, and other factors. Second, it's important to prepare the site properly before planting. This may involve removing existing turf grass and preparing the soil for planting. Third, it's important to establish and maintain the lazy lawn properly, which may involve periodic mowing or weeding until the plants are established.
Lazy lawns are a sustainable and low-maintenance alternative to traditional grass lawns that can help to conserve water, reduce carbon emissions, and support local ecosystems. At Earthwise Seed, we are committed to promoting sustainable landscaping practices and can help you get started with a lazy lawn that meets your needs and preferences. Contact us today to learn more about our seed mixes and how to create a beautiful and eco-friendly lazy lawn in your yard or business.