The Pros and Cons of Lawn Replacement
What Exactly Does Lawn Replacement Involve?
Nowadays, replacing the material of your lawn is gaining more practice. There are many reasons for this, some of which include wanting to strengthen lawns with different grass varieties or changing it to include different plants and flowers.
Lawn replacement is the practice of removing typical lawn grass types and replacing it with groundcovers or other plants. Lawn replacement can be done in the following situations:
- Space that still looks sort of like a lawn, but isn't (plant choices often determine that)
- Space that looks like a garden
- Space that doesn't look like a lawn, but incorporate groundcovers that you can walk on
- There are pros and cons to each that should be considered before deciding whether to replace your lawn or leave it as it is.
Situation #1: Keeping Your Existing Lawn
Pros: Keeping most of your lawn in place makes it easier to sell your home later on. Since most people are used to having a lawn instead of an entire lot of flowers and plants, it meets most people's expectations of what they're looking for in a new home. Also, taking care of a lawn is much simpler than pruning and tending to a yard full of plants.
Cons: Even though gardens can be complicated to tend to, grass lawns still require quite a bit of maintenance of their own. In addition to mowing, lawns need equal attention from watering, fertilizing, and pest control. Weeds can also get out of hand, creating another task that almost has no end in site.
Situation #2: Replacing a Part of Your Lawn
Pros: Because you're only replacing a portion of your lawn, you can cut down on lawn care costs as well as spend less time caring for grass. You even have a shot at making your yard more beautiful, since groundcovers and gardens are often more interesting and appealing to look at. You'll also end up using less chemicals and water, especially during your lawn's main growing season.
Cons: There aren't many cons to replacing part of your lawn other than delaying the time it takes to sell your home. If you end up planting flowers or other plants, it could entail separate care measures, in addition to those you already do on your lawn.
Situation #3: Replacing Your Entire Lawn
Pros: Replacing the entire lawn with other plants can create opportunities for an interesting and eye-catching landscape around your home. You could also end up using less water and chemicals if you're installing plants that don't need a ton of watering or defense against pests and diseases. Most of all, you'll cut down on overall maintenance, as most plants don't require as much attention as grass does.
Cons: It goes without saying that replacing your whole lawn is a lot of work. You'll also end up spending quite a bit of money to remove the old lawn, buy the new plants, and perhaps the labor needed to install everything. It will also entail learning an entirely different set of rules for maintenance and education about the new plants. Also, if you are planning to sell your home, it may delay anyone from purchasing until the plants have been properly installed.