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Drought landscaping: 5 inspiring lawn-free yards

Lawn substitute. Once planted with thirsty turf, this dymondia "lawn" in Los Altos offers the same utility - a visually soothing expanse of green.

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Surprisingly nearly as rugged as ordinary grass, Blue Star Creeper (Isotoma fluviatillis) ground cover is fast growing and can take heavy foot traffic. It creates a floral meadow in the spring and summer.

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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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Low-Maintenance Lawn Alternatives

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alternative to grass, Green Carpet (Herniaria Glabra). drought tolerant, rarely flowers, sun or shade, handles foot traffic

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5 Low-Water Lawns That Stay Green Under Pressure

Kari. Any experience with any of these? Would they hold up with the kids playing on it?

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