Lawns and the alternatives

Traditional lawn, synthetic lawn, native grasses, and drought-tolerant blends ― the pros and cons

  • 39% of readers have never seen residential synthetic grass 

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LOUNGEABILITY

Traditional lawn Hard to beat. There are few things that feel better under bare feet than fresh, cool grass.

Synthetic lawn Looks good but has a distinctive plastic crinkle sound. Plus, unlike the real stuff, it can get hot in the sun.

Native grasses Many native grasses tend to grow in clumps. They are tough enough to withstand some foot traffic but aren’t as picnic-friendly as traditional lawns.

New drought-tolerant blends When mown, they have the look and feel of a "real" lawn. You can also go au naturel for a meadow effect.

Next: Environmental concerns

 

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