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No More Mowing: 10 Grass-Free Alternatives to a Traditional Lawn

Creeping Perennials: Ground-hugging perennials like vinca, thyme, and creeping Jenny make an excellent no-mow lawn cover. (#lawn #garden)

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How to Choose Groundcovers and Plants to Use As Lawn Alternatives

Give your home true curb appeal by replacing street-side lawn with sweetly scented Roman chamomile. This perennial groundcover releases a wonderful fragrance when crushed underfoot — it’s perfect for curbside areas, paths and patios. Yellow button blooms punctuate the bright green leaves in late spring. Plants are hardy in Zones 7 to 10 and cover ground quickly, spreading more than 12 inches annually.

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Ground Covers – Walkable and Worthy Alternatives to Grass

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Low-Maintenance Lawn Alternatives

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No More Mowing: 10 Grass-Free Alternatives to a Traditional Lawn

No More Mowing: 10 Grass-Free Alternatives to a Traditional Lawn - try a 'no mow grass mix' a blend of red fescue, tall fescue, sheep fescue and others.

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When the Grass is Not Greener: 10 Plant Alternatives to Spruce Up Your Lawn

Thyme is a drought resistant plant that is a beautiful shade of purple. Save water and glam up your lawn at the same time! While a little foot traffic won't hurt, you should set up a walking path through the thyme to keep from damaging the plants.

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Fleur de Lawn is a flowering eco-lawn mix with low growing perennial flowers that change color and texture through the seasons. It was developed at Oregon State University through research on eco-friendly landscapes; $29.95 for a 1-pound bag at Pro Time Lawn Seed. Image via Oregon State University Department of Horticulture.

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