You can still have a lush yard, even during severe drought. The trick is to choose grasses, plants and lawn alternatives that thrive on little water. Your lawn will always look its best, even at its driest. You’ll save time, money and other resources, so you’ll have more time to enjoy the outdoors with these low-water alternatives to traditional grass.
5 lawns of the future
1. Drought-tolerant grasses
Maintain a traditional look with low-water grasses. Try a native alternative, such as fescue grass, or plant drought-tolerant seed. You can also choose drought-tolerant ornamental grasses that sway gracefully in the wind. Ask a The Home Depot Garden Center associate to help you choose the right grass for your area.
Sedge is a great grass alternative that stays green. Let this drought-tolerant grass grow high to make a statement or mow it low in the spring to allow seeds to drop, creating a thick landscape. Once established, sedge uses 50 percent to 70 percent less water than the average lawn.
3. Desert plants
Embrace the desert. Replace your lawn with heat-loving, low-water succulents, sedum and cacti. Incorporate crushed shells and rocks for the ultimate low-maintenance landscape.
4. Ground covers
Try an evergreen, low-water ground cover. With such a wide variety of choices, it can look like a traditional lawn or a garden bed. For a grass-like alternative, use lilyturf or mondo grass. For a floral, yet durable ground cover, try thyme or Blue Star Creeper.
5. Artificial grass
Get perfect green grass all year without having to mow or water. Install artificial grass. New versions look and feel so real that no one else has to know, unless you tell them.