Updated: Jan 13
When it comes to household goals, saving water and maintaining a luscious lawn can feel eternally at odds. Depending on the species of grass in your yard, you might rack up a serious water bill trying to keep the space green and bright. Moreover, many homeowners feel guilty using up valuable water just to keep their lawn looking good.
Fortunately, there are plenty of eco-friendly alternatives to help you strike a balance between a great-looking lawn and a steep water bill. Whether you want to maintain the traditional grass lawn aesthetic or want to break into something more unique, Plastic Free Sea has some tips to help you achieve your environmental goals:
Start With a Plan
Before you dive into any kind of lawn re-creation project, you should come up with a solid and specific plan. This means taking a look through all of your options, considering the size of your lawn, learning about your region’s native plants and weather patterns, and looking into local zoning laws and HOA rules, if applicable. It’s important to do this basic research first since some types of lawns may not be feasible for your property, environment, or neighborhood rules.
You should also use this planning period to figure out the budget for your project. If you don’t have a lot of money to spare, you can look into loans and funding programs. For example, if you’ve already been considering refinancing your mortgage, you can look into the FHA’s Energy Efficient Mortgage program. This type of loan allows you to add the cost of qualifying projects into your loan, so you can get the funds now and pay it back over your repayment period.
If you like the look of a traditional lawn, there are plenty of options available that use less water. For example, you can look into drought-friendly grass species, such as Fine Fescue. This variety thrives well when watered lightly once a week or so. Since it doesn't respond well to frequent waterings, it’s a great fit for saving water in drier climates.
Although you may be tem