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Grow Ground Cover, Not Grass

Many Americans care a great deal about having a beautiful lawn. In fact, for many men, their lawns are their pride and joy, and they take pride in trying to have the best yard in the neighborhood. But the ease and convenience of ground cover plugs are making some consumers re-think their lawns. Here are three reasons to consider switching to ground cover instead of grass.

Lawns Really Aren't That Green

If you stop to think about it, having a wide expanse of grass isn't very environmentally friendly. To keep a lawn looking beautiful, you have to fertilize it with chemicals and use herbicides and pesticides to keep the weeds at bay. Chances are, you will need to water it a few times a week during the hot months of summer, or even more often if you live in an area that isn't suitable for grass to begin with. Watering the grass will aid in toxic runoff from the chemicals you have used, which will find their way into the water system and into the nearby creeks, streams, lakes, and oceans. This can lead to algae bloom and decreased oxygen supply, which in turn leads to massive loss of fish and other aquatic life.

And there's also the expense of the lawn mower and weed-eater and the gasoline and oil or other petroleum products needed to run the machinery, not to mention how time consuming the chore of taking care of your lawn is. Additionally, it's not like wildlife is benefiting from your lawn. When you consider all this, it could really be argued that lawns are bad for the environment, your pocketbook, and your free time.

Ground Cover Is Good At Keeping Away The Weeds

Annoying weeds, such as the ubiquitous dandelion, have a very difficult time finding a place to plant themselves with ground cover. For example, thyme ground cover plugs will eventually make such a plush carpet of vegetation that it would be difficult for any unwanted plants to take root. Irish moss Is another good ground cover to consider for the same reason, and it will thrive in a damp, dark area, making it perfect for yards with a lot of shade.

Help Prevent Erosion

In general, grass doesn't really have very deep roots. In fact, it's pretty easy to just peel the layer of grass back, easily separating it from the soil. Varied ground cover will typically grow deeper roots, which will reduce soil erosion as well as aid in maintaining soil moisture. 

To learn more about the advantages of planting ground cover instead of grass, contact a company like Plant Babies.