Landscape Design: Is It Time To Say Goodbye To The Well-Manicured Lawn?

Posted on: 11 August 2022

Popular for decades in landscape design is the traditional look of a neat and tidy lawn that is well-manicured and maintained with a few flower beds and hardscaping elements to complete the look. While these lawns may look nice, they take a lot of work to upkeep, and they lack many of the wild plants that are helpful for the pollinating species. Fortunately, you can still have a lawn that looks amazing but takes less work to maintain and is more friendly for the environment.

The downside to traditional landscape designs

While they look beautiful, the main downside to traditional landscapes is that many of them look the same. If you desire a lawn that is unique, it may be time to discuss non-traditional styles with your landscape designer that may be a better option for you. Traditional designs also require a substantial amount of upkeep to keep them looking nice.

The no-mow movement

Starting as a conservation movement, the no-mow movement is gaining popularity among environmentalists. It is a holistic move to eliminate chemical use and to save water used in irrigation with traditional lawns. These landscapes create a friendly place for pollinators to thrive and are developed using native plant species and are not mowed the same as traditional lawns. 

No-mow lawns make it more likely for butterflies, bees, and other insects to thrive by feeding on the natural plants they need for survival. While they will not look as neat as a traditional lawn, they reduce yard work substantially and may be a good option if you live in an area without restrictions regarding lawn upkeep.

The natural-look landscape

If you are not quite ready for the no-mow movement, you can still have your landscape designer incorporate more native plants into your design or add more groundcover plants versus traditional grass to create a nature-inspired look. You may also consider planting flowers and grass that attracts wildlife in your area. Natural-look lawns have less traditional grass and more plants and vegetation to help create a healthy ecosystem.   

You may just be starting to hear more about the no-mow movement that some homeowners are adapting into their landscape design. At the other end, you have the traditional well-maintained lawns that are still the norm in most neighborhoods. If you are ready to break tradition but not quite ready for the no-mow movement, your landscape designer can help you design a lawn that is easy to care for but adds in elements that are good for nature.

To learn more, contact a company such as Jeff's Lawn Care & Landscaping, LLC.


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