Ground cover instead of lawn – tips for lawn replacement

Evergreen ground cover lawn replacement

A well-groomed lawn is one of the standards in the garden. Unfortunately, such a green area requires a lot of maintenance and often does not grow properly because the garden does not get enough sun or the soil is too moist.

The solution is a lawn substitute made from ground cover.

Pros and cons of a ground cover lawn replacement

When deciding on a replacement lawn, future use plays a role. A lawn that children and dogs romp around on cannot be replaced by ground cover. However, if the lawn is to be used primarily as an ornamental lawn that is only walked on occasionally, a ground cover lawn substitute is an alternative.

Upholstery perennials are only partially step-resistant, but they also grow where a real lawn thrives poorly. Most suitable ground covers are hardy and evergreen. Some of them will develop fragrant flowers and leaves, allowing you to create a scented lawn that will spread throughout the garden in summer.

Which ground covers are suitable as lawn substitutes?

There are a number of cushion perennials that are suitable as replacement lawns because they stay very low and branch out well. They form dense cushions that cover the entire floor. These include herbaceous perennials as well as star moss or the popular feather cushion.

For sunny locations are suitable:

  • Chamomile, especially Roman chamomile
  • Thyme and Lavender Thyme
  • mint

All types of herbs are ideal for planting as a scented lawn.

The following are suitable for shady and semi-shady locations:

  • star moss
  • feather pads
  • wood sorrel

How to properly care for your lawn replacement

In contrast to a real lawn, a lawn replacement requires less maintenance because there is no weekly mowing in summer. If the perennials get too tall, you can trim them with pruning shears or a lawnmower with the blades very high.

Regular watering is just as necessary for most ground covers as it is for a real lawn. Some varieties need to be fertilized occasionally.

Immediately after planting, constant weed removal is necessary. Once the ground cover has spread, the weeds don’t stand a chance.


If you walk on your ground cover lawn replacement more often, unsightly walkways will form. Simply lay paths made of stepping stones to protect the area.

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