How can I get a lawn that looks great but doesn’t require tons of time, money and effort to keep it that way? You can have one, and it’s not hard to find – you just need the right lawn seed to make it happen.
Low-maintenance lawn care makes a lot of sense, as most flower gardeners would rather be tending their perennials.
Lawns may be falling out of favor in some quarters, but there isn’t another ground cover that’s as kid, pet and sports-friendly as turf grass. And nothing sets off a lush flower garden as neatly as a green, well-cared-for lawn.
Low-maintenance lawn care strategies
With proper care, you can have a healthy lawn without spending a fortune on fertilizers and chemicals.
Maintain only as much lawn as you need – replace some lawn area with a patio, path or deck. Remove grass on hard-to-mow slopes and plant ground cover perennials and shrubs there instead.
On larger properties, reduce mowing with meadow plants or special low-maintenance turf grass mixes that require periodic mowing once a month or several times a season.
How to maintain edges
For flower gardeners, one of the key things is keeping turf grass out of planting beds. To do this, edge beds with a small trench six inches deep and wide. Clean up edging with straight spade or garden edger once or twice during growing season as needed.
To minimize edging work each year, consider permanent edging, such as a row of stone or brick pavers at least six inches wide set into ground so a mower can run over the edge. This is more costly than plastic edging, but it’s way more attractive.