It’s tempting. Get rid of the front yard grass and transform the landscape into a garden of boulders, trees, perennials and mulch.
You are not alone. This spring and summer, more than ever before, I have had a record number of folks ask me for advice in turning the front lawn into a friendly, no-grass landscape. Some want a pollinator-friendly native landscape. Others want a low-maintenance ornamental garden. One had no sun in the backyard, so I designed and built a series of raised veggie gardens in the front yard.
Those looking for ideas on what a no-grass front yard might look lik, should go for a bike ride in Bright’s Grove, particularly on Kathleen, Brown, Kaymar, and Lakeview streets. These landscapes cover the gamut from newly sterile to comfortably established.
Gardeners ready to take the plunge would be wise to consult a landscape architect or designer and start with a plan. Determine what your end goal might look like and do the research. The internet is also a good source of stimulating ideas.
If you want to remain friendly with your neighbours, you will want to discuss your plans with them and install edging along the property lines. The easiest and most cost-effective edging is the black