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Your Lawn-Plants that Eliminate the Need for Your Lawn Mower

Updated on June 15, 2016

Get rid of your lawn mower and plant

Plants that Eliminate the Need for Your Lawn Mower. I have a wonderful solution that has worked for me no lawn mower needed, I do not need a lawn mower for my lawn, I plant wildflowers. I spend the summer at our family cottage over 2000 miles away from home every summer. This has made me rethink my lawn and how to maintain it. The first thing that I did was replace the grass with clover, It is easily obtainable and grows rather quickly. It also stay rather short in comparison to grass and no lawn mover is needed to keep it looking good. The next thing that I did was to spread wild flower seed in place in the yard that had areas that would not grow clover or grass.

The results have been amazing, when I think about the time I save each month in comparison to my neighbors. it make me wonder why I hadn't thought of it sooner. The results are beautiful and there is little to no maintenance requited. I have found that my dog love to take a break in the cool green clover. It seem to have a cooling effect and hold the soil in place much better than the grass ever did.

The amazing part of this plan is that the bill for lawn care has gone from a lawn service while I was gone which cost close to $3000/ summer to a bill of $200. This is because I only have the front yard cared for by the service. I do this because I know my neighbors appreciate a "normal" lawn in the front yard.

Growing Clover

The Dirty Gardener Red Clover Seed, 1 Pound
The Dirty Gardener Red Clover Seed, 1 Pound

Red clover a pretty purple flower with low growing leaves.

 

I'm not sure what all these are, I use a seed mix called a "Cottage Variety"

I'm not sure what all these are, I use a seed mix called a "Cottage Variety"
I'm not sure what all these are, I use a seed mix called a "Cottage Variety"

Wildflower grow in various heights, you can step on them and they continue to grow.

Wildflower grow in various heights, you can step on them and they continue to grow.
Wildflower grow in various heights, you can step on them and they continue to grow.

What to do after your flowers are growing - Relaxation is the answer

I find the best thing to do after the flowers are in bloom is to get a glass of "sweet tea" and stretch out onto a hammock. There is not need to worry about mowing, and since the plants are wild they have a good tolerance to what Mother Nature bring in terms of weather. There is no reason to fret over having them stepped on by the dog or the kids, they are hardy and picking is encouraged.

It is hard to imagine that more people choose mowing a lawn to a maintenance free yard. Watering is not required since wildflowers in nature depend on whatever water is available. They are a good way to cut down on watering and only in extreme circumstance do you need to concern yourself about it.

I would recommend planning what a where in your yard you would like flower and where clover would be better. I use my clover as a lawn cover and have patches of wildflowers growing around yard. I keep it so the clover grows between the patches of flowers creating a sort of walking area between the flower.,

When I return from my summer at the cottage I only have to mow if I want to do so. The wildflowers can be mowed but I think they look beautiful just as they are. The clover in my yard does need an occasional mowing, I live in the deep south and typically during the summer we have an afternoon rain for about an hour most everyday. So the clover can be cut and manicured if you desire to do so, just keep the mower at a high level so as not to scalp them to the ground.

These remind me of Black-eyed Susans, a daisy-like flower of medium height.

These remind me of Black-eyed Susans,  a daisy-like flower of medium height.
These remind me of Black-eyed Susans, a daisy-like flower of medium height.

50 Lawn Alternatives

These were grown from a single seed packet, just throw them down and grow.

These were grown from a single seed packet, just throw them down and grow.
These were grown from a single seed packet, just throw them down and grow.

Most people have a hard time seeing the beauty of dandelions. They have a nice flower, when they seed they add interest

Most people have a hard time seeing the beauty of dandelions. They have a nice flower, when they seed they add interest
Most people have a hard time seeing the beauty of dandelions. They have a nice flower, when they seed they add interest

Wildflower and Clover vs. a Lawn Mower

Would you plant clover and wildflowers to have a maintenance free lawn?

Daisy Flowers One of My Childhood Favorites - Perfect for Lawn Mower Free Lawns

Growing up in a semi rural area our backyard was one half of an acre. As children we loved the daisies and picked them with the usual routine of "loves me, loves me not". Now I just grow them in my yard for their beauty. My elderly neighbor had a hard time understanding that I liked them and at first every time we would leave the house he would sneak into the back with his mower and have his way with them. He finally understands now that they eliminate the need for mowing.

Daisies are very easy to grow. All you really have to do is sow the seeds and they grow and grow. Wildflowers are so easy to grow, it makes me wonder when people decided they needed some extra work on the weekends, so they put in lawns. Seems kind of silly to me and a lot of work too.

What would you do with the extra time you would have from not having to maintain a lawn?

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      I so want this for my yard, I hate the upkeep of my lawn.

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      Jillynn 4 years ago

      Hmmm, extra time. I don't even know what that is and I don't have a lawn! But when I retire, that is another story. Lots of reading and fishing and walking, etc. This is a very lovely lens!

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      I am so over lawns and all their upkeep - I would dearly love to have a carpet of wildflowers, but they don't grow well where I live. I really enjoyed your lens and I'll continue to try to grow wildflowers...

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      IMKZRNU2 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Beautiful lens. I actually don't mind mowing my lawn. It is kind of a therapy for me. Or I just ask my teenager to do it.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      We have a lawn service come once per week to mow our lawn. So I'm already free on weekends to do other things, such as take photos of birds.

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      DeliaCrowe 4 years ago

      I would spend the time developing my new yard/ patio , a new project for me.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      We turned our front lawn into a mini park. It's very private and keeps the house much cooler in the summer. Now that the plants are established we use much less water. We just put down 4 truck loads of mulch, and are ready for some color play. I'll try some of the wildflower seed varieties you suggest.

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      AJ 4 years ago from Australia

      This is such a pretty alternative to lawn in addition to a time-saving option.

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      LorLinda 4 years ago from Denver Colorado

      Very interesting I never looked at it this way. I have a hard time seeing wild flowers weeds popping up in my grass thanks for sharing.

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      MaryMorgan 4 years ago

      As a professional lawn maintenance person I shouldn't like this lens, but I think it's great! Although I love a well cut lawn, I love wild flowers too.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      These are wonderful ideas - thanks for sharing!

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      KamalaEmbroidery 4 years ago

      I love this idea. Clover improves the soil, while grass depletes it. And wildflowers are gorgeous. We did something similar in Denver once. I didn't think of clover and it wasn't as beautiful as yours, but I wanted a more natural, native yard than a lawn.

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