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5 Lawn Styles That Give Back To The Environment

By Maria Cook

Grass lawns may look nice, but lawn maintenance is often a pain. Plus, new research suggests that traditional, all-grass lawns are not great for the environment. They waste water, gas used in mowers, and people tend to use too much fertilizer and other toxic chemicals to care for them. 

If you're looking to reimagine your property in a way that is better for the environment, the first step is to check our local laws and HOA guidelines to see what you have the freedom to alter. Depending on your location, you may be able to change things up and create an entirely new type of lawn. Here are five healthy, green alternatives to traditional lawns that might help get you started.

1. Clover lawns

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If you're looking for something that closely mimics a traditional lawn (still green, still growing, with similar ground cover) but is better for the environment and requires less maintenance, then a clover lawn may be for you! Microclover, a hardy, fast-growing variety, is popular for clover lawns. 

Or you can mix things up with a combination of microclover and dwarf dogwood, verbana, and sweet woodruff. You can even intersperse hardy herbs throughout, such as thyme or juniper, to help the lawn look lush and full. However much uniformity you require, a base of clover can likely provide it.