Non-Grass Lawns

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What's the prettiest or neatest lawn you've seen that had no grass?

This year I decided to leave the creeping charlie alone to grow wild, along with plantain, dandelions, and wild violets. What we ended up with is a backyard that doesn't need mowing very often(still working on pulling up grass in the front) and it changes colors with the season. By late fall it was a solid green, but it was yellow and purple off and on through the spring and summer. I had to get creative by putting up a morning glory "fence" beside the property line so my neighbor wouldn't kill my "yard" with his poison. The front yard is still very obvious in spots where he's gotten a little free with the chemicals and it's blown into my yard. I plan to do the same "fence" or plant border in the front next year because it worked so well as a buffer in the back.

Other than "weeds" (most of which we eat or use in tea, by the way), what other ideas for non-grass yards have you seen? What would you be willing to try?
 
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The local Land bank is going to start putting clover in all the vacant lots here starting next spring because it needs less mowing and natural rainfall here is sufficient. I had a clover lawn when I lived in Colorado, it stayed green in that arid climate without watering. It annoys me to no end seeing people using a lot of water and commercial chemicals just to keep a green lawn when there are so many different options!

My current lawn is like yours; I just let whatever grow naturally, its very thick and green and I never have to water or fertilize! Grass, creeping charlie, clover, mint, wood violets etc I do have to mow though because the township would send me nastygrams and a fine. But I leave a lot in the back and side yard go kind of wild.
 
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Honestly, I am a big fan of pebbles on a front lawn. I know it's not the most popular lawn preference, but if you get the right rocks on a front lawn, they actually look quite beautiful. I love to see rocks and random decorations, such as stone fairies and such. :)
 
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I don't like creeping charlie as I have them in my backyard and they are just invasive to have in a small area. I also have creeping myrtle and wild violets. These two also are invasive but I don't mind them as much as creeping charlie.

Your yard sounds pretty though! My neighbor also loves using poison in his yard :(
 
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There are no grasses in these lawns and the use of a mower is not always a requisite. Even when grasses are present as the primary constituent
 
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I love weeds. If I ever have a lawn, I'll let weeds grow everywhere among the grass:)
What I also like are clover lawns. They look adorable!

Your right about letting weeds grow in the lawn, my lawns are mostly cover and weeds with a little grass growing in it. Its takes less water and work to mow unless we get lots of rain then the clover goes wild. My lawns stay green year round.
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Your lawn looks beautiful, Fernsdaddy!:) It seems very, very soft and lush. I love it.
I don't think I'll ever have enough patience to create a manicured lawn. It's just not worth it. Clover and little weeds are so much prettier than boring grass.
 
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I love to walk on it with out shoes, it looks good even when its not been mowed in 2 weeks,the dog loves to roll in it too :D if you can call it rolling she just falls over on it and does her best to roll over but she still loves it and so do I.
 

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