Lawns and the alternatives

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

WATER USE

Traditional lawn (Kentucky bluegrass, fescue, Bermuda grass) The amount of water needed to keep our lawns green is seriously impacting Western water supplies. In Denver, for example, 55% of all residential water is used on landscaping.

Synthetic lawn This is the best part: Synthetic lawns require no water except an occasional spray to clean them.

Native grasses (Buffalo grass, hair grass, etc.Once established, locally adapted types should thrive on the area’s average rainfall. During especially dry years, they may need some watering.

New drought-tolerant blends (Wildflower Farm’s Eco-Lawn, for example ― 5 lbs. of seed, $33Very low water once they’re established.

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