How to keep your lawns lush over summer
Give your garden the gold grass treatment with these native, summer lawn alternatives.
Drought conditions have made lawns a divisive topic. Our confusing compulsion to feed and water grass to make it grow – then use precious energy to cut it short again – is quite bizarre. Lawns don’t score well environmentally either; they offer little support to wildlife, and exotic grasses are some of Australia’s biggest weeds.
But anyone who has enjoyed the sensation of lush lawn under bare feet on a hot day will know the cooling effect a lawn can bring and, in these fire-prone times, a cleared expanse of lawn around a home acts as a firebreak.
However there are plenty of drought-hardy grasses – and lawn alternatives – out there. Consider what you expect from your lawn – in terms of looks, use and size. If lushness is essential, could you cope with a smaller lawn? If weekend kick-to-kick is what the kids do, do you have the most drought-tolerant turf? If wildlife is your focus, a groundcover could be best, and if you want low maintenance, a native grass might be the answer.