Alternatives to Grass in the Backyard

Although grass lawns are the most popular way to cover yards across the country, more and more people are turning to other alternatives. Between the maintenance, cost, and water required to keep it looking nice, homeowners are trying to find alternatives to the normal grass yard. We pulled together some of the most popular alternatives to a grass lawn if you are considering the switch.


Replacing your lawn with a vegetable garden can be such a unique alternative to a lawn, and can also look great if it is done well and properly taken care of. This is also a great way to make your backyard more useful, as it will provide food for your family and can also be a great activity for the whole family to get involved with. 

On the other hand, if you are looking to cut back on the maintenance element of your lawn, this will not be the option for you. The garden will require weeding and watering fairly regularly, and some vegetables will require extra care or to be replanted every year. 


Mulch is a great option if you are looking for a low price and low maintenance option. There are many mulch options that you can choose to go with the aesthetic of the yard and can look great if you are adding plants and flowers to the area. Mulch is also a great option as it reduces the number of weeds and bugs in your yard. Some mulch options include wood chips, pine needs, and even rubber from recycled tires. 

Although mulch can be a great alternative for grass, while still looking great in the yard, there are some downsides to it. Over time the mulch will break down over time, which means evert so often the mulch will need to be replaced. It can also cause a choking hazard to children and can even be tracked into the house from shoes and feet. 

Artificial Turf

If you are wanting the look and feel of grass in your yard without having to mow and water it regularly, turf will be a great option for you! Having artificial grass is great for those that are active in the backyard with children and dogs and can be a fairly low maintenance option that will last you a long time if it is properly taken care of. 

Many thinks that artificial turf means there is no maintenance required, but there still is. The artificial turf will need to be cleaned and sanitized regularly to make sure it lasts a long time and it safe for dogs and children to play on. Products such as Pee Hero can help to take care of the cleaning and smell in your yard, and is an easy maintenance option if you choose to go this route. 

There are so many options to go with when deciding what kind of yard to have, but choosing one that fits your specific needs and wants is most important. Grass lawns are most popular, but there are many options for those looking for something a little more useful or that require less care. Whatever option you choose to go with you are your family are sure to love your space! 

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