Advantages and disadvantages of a lawn substitute from ground cover
When deciding on a lawn replacement, future use plays a role. A lawn that children and dogs romp around on cannot be replaced by ground cover. However, if the lawn is primarily to be used as an ornamental lawn that is only walked on occasionally, a lawn substitute made from ground cover is an alternative.
- Lawn substitute as an alternative to real lawn
- Lawn substitute from evergreen ground cover
- Lawn replacement is only partially step-proof
Upholstered perennials are only partially step-resistant, but they also grow where a real lawn does not thrive. Most suitable ground covers are hardy and evergreen. Some of them develop fragrant flowers and leaves, so you can use them to create a fragrant lawn, the aroma of which spreads throughout the garden in summer.
Which ground cover are suitable as a lawn substitute?
There are a number of cushion perennials that are suitable as substitute lawns because they stay very low and branch out well. They form dense cushions that cover the entire floor. This includes herbaceous perennials as well as star moss or the popular feather pad.
The following are suitable for sunny locations:
- Chamomile, especially Roman chamomile
- Thyme and Lavender Thyme
All types of herbs are ideal for planting as fragrant lawns.
The following are suitable for shady and partially shaded locations:
- Star moss
- Plumage pads
- Wood sorrel
How to properly maintain your lawn substitute
In contrast to real lawn, a lawn substitute requires less maintenance because there is no weekly mowing in summer. If the perennials do get too high, you can cut them with secateurs or a lawn mower with very high blades.
Regular watering is just as necessary for most ground cover as it is for real lawns. Some varieties require occasional fertilization.
Continuous weed removal is necessary immediately after planting. Once the ground cover has spread, the weeds have no chance.
Tips & Tricks
If you walk your lawn substitute from ground cover more often, unsightly walkways will form. Simply lay paths made of stepping stones to protect the area.