What is a no-mow landscape? Find out in this informative 800 word blog.
In a nutshell, a “no-mow” landscape is a grass, or turf-free landscape requiring zero mowing, string trimming, etc. No grass, no mowing…Pretty simple!
At Natural Impressions we typically install no-mow landscapes in front yards. The homeowner generally is frustrated with their front lawn of 200 ft.² to 2000 ft.² as it always struggles to grow well. They may be battling the roots of a large maple tree, poor soil conditions and drought. In the end, the homeowner generally gets frustrated and gives us a call.
We’ve all witnessed the typical July and August lawn. You know… the one that’s burnt to a crisp… is hard as a rock and sheds any rain water we may get like a slip and slide! When the lawn becomes so dry and hard, the water runoff heads straight to our storm water systems rather than back into the earth where it would typically recharge our aquifers. This is an issue in many ways, but one of the big problems of the water running off the lawn and into our storm water systems is that the water picks up any pollutants from the street etc. and washes it into the waterways causing harm to the natural world.
Bottom line is people are fed up! They’re becoming more aware of the monetary value that they can add to their home by investing in a no-mow landscape. They are also becoming more aware of the negative environmental impact a lawn has. For example, excessive irrigation, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fuel spillage, and emissions from mowing. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that about 80 million U.S. households dump nearly 90 million pounds of herbicides and pesticides on lawns in a year. 90 MILLION POUNDS, FOLKS!!! Alright, I think you get the picture!
Front lawns add little to no curb appeal. This is a space that has enormous potential for creativity and should be viewed as such. Lawns do add value to your home, but not near as much as a no-mow landscape would.
So now you know the definition of a no-mow landscape. A grass, or turf-free landscape, you’re probably wondering what we generally do with this space once the grass is removed? Great question! We tend to revamp front lawn spaces with garden spaces. We also install xeriscape’s, landscapes requiring little to no water, using river stone, plant material and a mixture of natural stone boulders etc. We prefer soft garden spaces as they tend to aid the natural environment more. They create a cooling effect more than a yard filled with stone would and we generally find them more aesthetically appealing. They promote biodiversity, all season interest, can lower blood pressure and stress levels among several other things.
Oh…. but the maintenance you say? That must be daunting? Nope! Our average front yard space of 200 to 500 ft.² can require as little as 1 hour per week and can slightly vary depending on how the space is designed. The more intensively you plant and break up the space with landscape materials, the less space there is for weeds to creep in. Proper landscape design, site preparation and mulching techniques also play a vital role in reducing the time spent on maintaining your space. The possibilities are endless!
Please review the pros and cons of no-mow landscapes below. If you’re still unsure if a no-mow landscape is right for you or not, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more info. There is no such thing as a stupid question when you’re speaking with us! We’re all friendly, approachable people who love to chat about horticulture.
Pros: Environmentally friendly, aesthetically pleasing, affordable investment for almost any homeowner, reduces storm water runoff pollutants, promotes biodiversity, increases home value, no more annoying lawnmowers, eliminates noise pollution in your neighborhood, saves time and money on lawnmower repairs and fuel cost etc. eliminates lawnmower emissions, gardening is therapeutic and excellent for your health. These are just a few reasons for making the switch.
Cons: Initial investment cost, jealous neighbors 🙂 , initial upkeep in terms of watering time while plants establish during the first growing season, slight amount of weeding and plant maintenance, Mulch top up about every two years. Occasionally replace a plant that may have died.
Warning: No-mow landscapes may cause you to enjoy nature, improve your health, make you smile in your front yard while your neighbors watch you wondering why you’re so darn happy lately, talk to plants, become a plant nerd, eat better, turn your friends and family into plant nerds, read A LOT, make you feel good about yourself….Again, you get the picture!
Thanks for reading, folks! Excuse my poor grammar. I was built for the outdoors…Not for behind a desk! 🙂
President: Natural Impressions Landscaping
Certified Horticultural Technician