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Breaking Ground: Exploring Alternatives to Traditional Lawns

When it comes to landscaping, lush green lawns have long been a symbol of a well-maintained and inviting outdoor space. However, the ecological and maintenance challenges that come with traditional grass lawns have led many homeowners and landscape enthusiasts to seek creative and sustainable alternatives. In this post, we'll cover a variety of lawn and grass alternatives that not only reduce water consumption and maintenance demands but also add unique character to your outdoor environment. Whether you're drawn to native plantings, ground covers, or innovative landscaping solutions, there's a world of possibilities awaiting your exploration.

Native Plant Landscapes

One of the most environmentally conscious alternatives to traditional lawns is embracing native plant landscapes. Native plants are well-suited to your local climate and soil conditions, which means they often require less water and maintenance compared to non-native species. These landscapes not only conserve water but also support local wildlife by providing food and shelter. Transform your yard into a haven of biodiversity by selecting native plants that offer a stunning array of colours, textures, and seasonal interest.

Some beautiful, popular plants that are native to our region include Kinnikinnick, Pacific Bleeding Heart, Oregon Grape, Maidenhair Fern, Yarrow, Vine Maple, Evergreen Huckleberry, Red Flowering Currant, Wild Ginger, Nootka Rose, Bearberry, and Creeping Dogwood.

Dicentra formosa is a flowering plant with fern-like leaves and an inflorescence of drooping pink, purple, yellow or cream flowers native to the Pacific Coast of North America.

Ground Covers

Ground covers are versatile and low-maintenance options that can replace traditional lawns. Options like creeping thyme, sedum, moss, clover, woodruff or creeping Jenny create lush carpets of foliage that require minimal care. These plants help prevent soil erosion, suppress weeds, and provide a delightful alternative to mowing.

Microclover is a tiny white clover that spreads densely and evenly, preventing weed growth and creating a soft yet highly durable surface for high traffic areas.

Wildflower Meadows

Imagine your outdoor space abuzz with the vibrant colours of wildflowers. Creating a wildflower meadow not only adds beauty but also encourages pollinators like bees and butterflies. Select a mix of native wildflowers that thrive in your region, and let nature paint an ever-changing masterpiece across your landscape.

B&K sells a lovely sprinkle mix made up of 10 different annual and perennial flowers such as California poppy, godetia, blanket flower, and snapdragons.


Incorporating hardscaping elements like gravel paths, stone patios, and wooden decks can reduce the need for extensive lawn care. These features not only create functional outdoor living spaces but also add structure and style to your landscape.

Artificial Grass

Reduce water consumption, maintenance and chemical use while enjoying a perfect, lush-looking lawn year-round with artificial grass. B&K is a retailer for Bella Turf, a Canadian owned and operated company that offers versatile, durable, and easy to install artificial turf products - and the most realistic grass alternative on the market.

Visit us in-store to see samples of the various products available and/or place an order.

The shift towards lawn alternatives represents an exciting opportunity to redefine outdoor aesthetics while prioritizing sustainability and conservation. By exploring options like native plant landscapes, ground covers, wildflower meadows, and hardscaping, you can create a landscape that aligns with your values and brings a touch of nature's diversity to your doorstep.

Whether you're seeking to conserve water, reduce maintenance, or simply infuse your outdoor space with a unique charm, these alternatives offer a multitude of benefits that contribute to a healthier planet and a more vibrant backyard.

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