Lawn Varieties
everything for lawn care all in one place
providing dependable & original lawn tips since 2008
The Lawn Guide
Unused Lawn Area

Finding A Lawn Replacement

There are many areas of our yards that really do go unused for the purposes of why we have lawns. And the reason we have lawns is to have them be walked on, played on, picnicked on, having a family game of cricket on and so forth.

The other reason we have lawns is for their landscaping appeal and beauty. And for those of us who look deeper into the entire picture of lawns, we also know that they reduce the temperatures of our homes, and thereby reduce air conditioning costs to the home, as well as create massive amounts of clean fresh oxygen each and every day by cleaning and transforming the pollution from the air in the cities in which we live.

So let's look into some one great lawn, and some other lawn alternatives for those unused areas of the yard.


Zoysia Tenuifolia

Zoysia Tenuifolia

Zoysia Tenuifolia is real grass lawn which is suitable for tropical regions of Australia only.

This is a unique almost ‘no mowing’ lawn. It is very tough, has a nice green coloured leaf, loves the full sun, is very drought tolerant has low water requirements, and very low or no fertiliser requirements.

Zoysia Tenuifolia forms a very unique clumping appearance when left alone. Zoysia Tenuifolia is a very slow growing lawn which will only ever reach a very minimum height which are the reasons this is a true no mow lawn. However, when left to grow in this natural state, it will not have that level appearance which most of us want from a lawn.

Zoysia Tenuifolia can be mowed once or twice a year to keep its appearance more level.


Dichondra repens

Dichondra Repens

Dichondra is a very low growing, ground hugging plant which spreads freely and easily. Dichondra is a great lawn substitute and lawn companion which is suitable for shaded areas, and partially shaded areas only, and will not tolerate full sun areas.

Dichondra also produces beautiful small flowers through the warmer months.


Viola hederacea

viola-hederacea

This is another tight ground covering and very low growing Australian native plant which is very similar to Dichondra repens. It prefers partial shade, will not like to grow in full sunlight, and has lovely white and purple flowers through the warmer months.

Unfortunately, Viola hederacea does have high water requirements, and therefore is probably better suited for only smaller shaded areas, under trees, along pathways and between pavers, and will not be suitable as a full lawn substitute in larger sunny areas of the garden.


Mondo Grass and Liriope

Mondo Grass Lawn

Once again, these are plants and not lawns, but the smaller varieties can be used as a lawn substitute where the plants will continue to spread and becoming more dense over time. Gaining overall heights of between 15 - 30 cm, Mondo and Liriope lawns can be mowed with a regular lawn mower once a year just at Spring and when the plants first show signs of new growth.

Mondo and Liriope will not really resemble a real lawn, but will instead be an alternative to lawn, to cover yard surfaces where lawns or gardens may not be wanted. These plants are very low maintenance, enjoy full sun and partial shade, and have low water and fertiliser requirements, many types are also frost and cold tolerant.


Corsican Mint

Corsican Mint Lawn

Corsican Mint (Mentha requienii) is a low growing and easily spreading ground cover with a tight leaf structure which can also be used as a lawn alternative, and produces a minty fragrance when walked across. The plant will die back in most Winters, and re-sprout once the warmer weather arrives again. Corsican Mint will also reseed itself, meaning it can spread into garden beds, but is really not a major issue.

While we have included this plant here, it is often not generally recommend as a lawn alternative in an environmentally conservative Australia. Corsican Mint requires a lot of water over Summer, and even in the cooler months or in shaded areas, this plant will still require some ongoing watering.


Other Lawn Substitutes

There are many other lawn substitutes which are constantly being experimented with and developed by the plant and nursery industries, as well as homeowners.

We also encourage homeowners to continue to research, look into, and experiment with other lawn substitute options whenever they are faced with an area of lawn or garden which may no longer be needed as lawns.


Photo credit:
Thanks to Above Capricorn for supplying the Zoysia tenuifolia picture. Above Capricorn promotes and supplies Compadre Zoysia in Australia.





All content original and copyright
The Lawn Guide
Lawn Care Tips
you may also like one of
these lawn care articles...
General Lawn Care
IMAGE
Shady Area By Kate Wall 'New Content' Even the best laid lawn can...
IMAGE
One type of liquid organic fertiliser Using Organic Fertilisers In...
IMAGE
Brown thatch layer between soil and lawn leaf What Is Lawn Thatch...
Lawn Repair
IMAGE
Over-seeding Lawns For Winter Reasons For Over Seeding Lawns Often...
IMAGE
Top Dressing Uneven Lawns The Problem Of Uneven Lawns Uneven lawns...
IMAGE
A bare patch caused by excessive shade Bare or Dead Lawn Patches...
Lawn Watering
IMAGE
When is the best time to water lawns Correct Lawn Watering Times...
IMAGE
A liquid Wetting Agent More Than Just Dry Soils A waxy coating on...
IMAGE
Watering too often Excessive Watering Of Lawns When we talk about...
Lawn Mowing
IMAGE
Honda UMK425u A Review Of A Honda 4 Stroke Brushcutter This review...
IMAGE
Push Lawn Mower Introduction to Push Mowers The push lawn mower is a...
IMAGE
Long periods between mowing shouldbe avoided to maintain good lawn...
Weeds | Pests | Diseases
IMAGE
'New Content' By Kate Wall All herbicides will be more effective in...
IMAGE
Oxalis How To Kill Oxalis | Soursob | Wood Sorrel There are many...
IMAGE
Spring Dead Spot (Ophioshaerella korrae) Identification of Spring...
Lawn Varieties
IMAGE
A Fine Leaf Zoysia Lawn Couch or Zoysia For anyone considering...
IMAGE
Empire Zoysia Empire Zoysia - The Most Popular Today Empire Zoysia...
IMAGE
Avoid your turf wearing out 'New Content' Scuff Turf™ is the...
THE LAWN GUIDE ©


Different lawn types available in Australia, including independent and unbiased reviews of popular brands of turf for sale in Australia today
independent lawn care tips for australian lawns

Lawn Care Facts
Lawn Fact:
The short list of the most shade tolerant lawn varieties for homeowners:

1. Durban Grass
2. Soft Leaf Buffalo
3. Zoysia

Professional lawn care videos sharing quality lawn care tips in an easy video format - click to watch
correct lawn watering and fertilising video
meanings to the most common terms
used in lawn care practices in australia
Lawn Care Expert
Respected Australian turf and plant breeder Todd Layt shares expert lawn care advice with lawn lovers
LINK TO THE LAWN GUIDE
Grab this image and link to Australia's original & favourite source of quality lawn care tips
THE BUFFALO LAWN CARE SITE
Lawn care tips for Australia's favourite shade grass
Organic lawn care advice to create environmental benefit from our lawns
IMAGE
Lawn Clippings Are Full Of Natural Nutrients Lawn clippings from mowing are an excellent...
IMAGE
Top Organic Lawn Care Tips The goals of Organic Lawn Care are to naturally reduce the...
IMAGE
Natural control of lawn weeds Controlling Lawn Weeds Without Pesticides Weeds don't need to...
A low maintenance and environmentally friendly lawn for all warmer regions
IMAGE
One Council park using common Kikuyu Time To Switch Our Parks To Zoysia We're going to take a...
IMAGE
Who Shouldn't Choose A Zoysia Lawn We understand that Zoysia will not be the best lawn for...
IMAGE
The best regions to grow Zoysia Where Can I Grow Zoysia In Australia Zoysia grass does its...
Lawn care discussions and observations in a friendly blog format from The Lawn Guide
IMAGE
As many people who have visited The Lawn Guide over the years, and since our first launch in...
IMAGE
Understanding Couch Grass In Queensland Like so many other aspects of Australian life, prior...
IMAGE
This is a media summary for the independent research which we reference on The Lawn Guide,...

Lawn Care Topics
the lawn guide ~ australia's leading source of quality lawn care information