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CA Friendly® Gardening Solutions: Turf Alternatives

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Everyone is going drought tolerant these days.
As we scale back our lawn areas in our gardens some people are left scratching their heads wondering, “What should I replace it with?”We’re going to offer a few of suggestions for filling parkways and shrinking your lawn areas with beautiful filler plants and alternatives.





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CA Friendly® Gardening Solutions: Turf Alternatives

Shrink Your Lawn

Everyone is going drought tolerant these days.

As we scale back our lawn areas in our gardens some people are left scratching their heads wondering, “What should I replace it with?” We’re going to offer a few of suggestions for filling parkways and shrinking your lawn areas with beautiful filler plants and alternatives.

Mulch!

Mulch!

Shredded mulch, whether it’s cedar or redwood are great for suppressing weeds, saving water and best of all, giving your garden a “finished” look.

Pile It On!

Pile It On!

Adding 2-4 inches, with 3 inches being optimal, is best for getting all the benefits of mulching. Shredded mulch is best because it stays in place, breaks down easily and looks superb. While mulching, one rule of thumb; keep mulch away from the base or crown of plants by about 1-2 inches.

Stoney Options

Stoney Options

You can choose river rocks, small pebbles or a combination to create your own “arroyo seco” or dry riverbed look.

Pebbles can be used with plants, mulch or a combination of the two to help fill in larger areas.

Walk This Way

Walk This Way

You could even go BIG with a boulder or two to help add some height although the larger the boulder, the more difficult it is to get in place.This will give you the largest selection to choose from – all shapes, sizes and heights.

Ground Cover

Ground Cover

Ground cover, like wooly thyme, dymondia or elfin thyme, are perfect for areas you might be using as a lawn replacement.

Ground Cover (cont.)

Ground Cover (cont.)

These are not only super drought tolerant but when they are established they can withstand foot traffic. It makes them excellent for parkways.

Ground Cover (cont.)

Ground Cover (cont.)

Elfin Thyme

Low Growing Shrubs

Low Growing Shrubs

Next are small, low growing shrubs like (native) ceanthus or manzanita, myoporum!

Low Growing Shrubs

Low Growing Shrubs

And small flowering beauties like carpet roses.

Low Growing Shrubs

Low Growing Shrubs

Most look best when planted in waves with other plants of different color or texture.

Geranium “Rozanne”

Low Growing Shrubs

Low Growing Shrubs

Building edges of higher plants and creating a “look” for the area helps to pull everything together.

Snow-in-summer (cerastium tomentosum)

Low Growing Shrubs

Low Growing Shrubs

Keep in mind what else you’re growing in the garden and try to pull it all together for a drought tolerant, yet lush look.

Convolvulus

Low Growing Shrubs

Low Growing Shrubs

Don’t forget that no matter what, mulch is THE finishing touch to polished look, helps with water conservation and weed suppression.

Prostrate Rosemary