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New Hampshire Landscaping Blog

15Aug

No Lawn to Mow

Would you rather spend your weekends on the lake?  How about spending your weekend just relaxing or playing hard?  Or… how about you mow your lawn on the weekend?  

Lawns are great for many properties, but if you have the right situation, eliminating any lawn may be a great choice for you.  

Many of our customers who have their vacation homes in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire would rather not have to mow a lawn when they come to the lake home for the weekend, or have to hire a lawn mowing company.  We are all for it.  LOW MAINTENANCE is one of our biggest requests from our landscape customers.  Here’s some things to consider if you’d rather not have to mow a lawn.

First of all, how big is your “yard” area.  If you have a large expansive area, then having no lawn might not look right.  Maybe you’d be better off just reducing the size of the lawn as much as possible.  Then, take a look at the neighborhood and see if having no lawn would fit into the scheme of things.  Perhaps you have an area of your property that would be inaccessible to a lawn mower.  Try a NO LAWN solution there!

When going with a NO LAWN idea, the best alternative ground surfaces are either mulched areas or ground cover.  

Mulched areas would look similar to the photo.  You would need to plant the area with appropriate plants.  Of course, there is no such thing as ZERO MAINTENANCE…  Just LOW MAINTENANCE.  Mulch areas still need maintenance.  Weeds will occur and plants need to be properly maintained.  But, the regular chore and cost of mowing will be eliminated.  

Planting ground covers in selected areas will give you a solid plant material look for the ground surface which is an alternative to grass.  There are many possible choices for mass-plantings of ground cover or shorter woody plants.  There is the shiny-green leaved pachysandra for shade areas, and low-growing junipers for sunny areas among a host of other choices.  Once plants get established, there is generally less weeding than in open mulch areas.

The best way to ensure that weeding is kept to a minimum is to keep the mulch layer thick enough to discourage weed germination.  There are also other weed controlling measures that can be implemented if needed.

We’d be glad to speak to you about the possibility of your property going to NO LAWN!  Call us today.

 

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Comments

Wonderful article! This is a very inspiring article for me. I would love to read more blogs like this sounds very useful and interesting.
8/20/2019 11:42:42 PM | Reply

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