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  • Liza Boone

5 Reasons I Pass on Grass

Grass has been the go-to ground cover for front yards in many parts of the world for decades, if not centuries. But what if I told you there was a better way? By using

Mid-century front-yard garden no grass
This year's final result after soil building

soil-building techniques and selecting the right plants, you can create a beautiful, low-maintenance, and eco-friendly front yard that is better for the environment and your wallet.

By having local tree trimmers drop chips in your yard, you get plenty of organic matter and a workout to boot!

Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider skipping the grass and building healthy soil instead:

1. Grass requires a lot of resources: Grass is a high-maintenance plant that requires a lot of water, fertilizer, and energy to maintain. This can be costly and time-consuming, especially in drought-prone areas. By building healthy soil, you can select plants that are better suited to your local environment and require fewer resources.

Mid-century front-yard garden without grass soil building
Starting to spread the wood chip pile

3. You can create a unique and beautiful landscape: Grass can be attractive, but it's not the only option. By building healthy soil and selecting the right plants, you can create a front yard that is unique, beautiful, and low-maintenance. Native plants and grasses, for example, can provide a natural and eco-friendly look, while flowering perennials and shrubs can add color and texture to your landscape.

4. Soil building has environmental benefits: Building healthy soil has numerous environmental benefits, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving water quality, and promoting biodiversity. By incorporating compost, cover crops, and other soil-building techniques, you can help support a healthy and resilient ecosystem.

5. You can save money: Grass requires a lot of resources to maintain, such as water, fertilizer, and energy for mowing. By building healthy soil and selecting the right plants, you can create a low-maintenance landscape that requires less time and money to maintain. You also do not need a gym because moving the wood chips is a great weight-bearing workout!

Skipping the grass and building healthy soil in your front yard is a smart and eco-friendly choice. By selecting the right plants and incorporating soil-building techniques, you can create a unique and beautiful landscape that supports local wildlife, promotes biodiversity, and saves you time and money in the long run. So why not give it a try? Your front yard (and the planet) will thank you!


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