How do I make my front grass look better?


Our front lawn is hilly and grass has always been hard to grow and water properly. Now its cutting mostly weeds not grass! suggestions and how tos please?

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  • Huntress Huntress on Aug 29, 2018

    I would suggest Vinca minor. It is a ground cover , which will spread to cover area and control erosion also. It's a very easy , not too tall, has pretty purple flowers in spring. If you were close, I could give you a bunch of it, lol. It is not invasive and there is a variegated one also. It will choke out the weeds and fill in the area nicely. You can also check for ground covers where u r. Good luck, forgot to mention, you may edge, but you won't have to mow.

  • Bijous Bijous on Aug 29, 2018

    Hi Carole. There are now many different types of grasses on the market. I like buffalo grass and wish I could put it down, but the deed restrictions specify another grass. Buffalo grass is tough and will adapt to many different environments. Look into it. I think you'll like it. Happy gardening!

  • Merrill M Merrill M on Sep 04, 2018

    If you like the look of grass (and if it is a sunny area), try shorter ornamental grasses that grow well in your area. In the northern mid-west, Prairie Dropseed and Blue Fescue would be good choices. If the rabbits like them, interplant with some garlic chives that will give you white flowers in late August.

    Otherwise, try a ground cover that grows well in your area (go to a local nursery and pick their brains). If you have a neighbor with a thick ground cover, ask if they might be willing to share some by thinning theirs out. Pachysandra is an evergreen that looks great if it is partly/mostly shady. Canadian Ginger is also good, fills in quickly, but the leaves die back in the winter. You could also try creeping juniper (much more expensive).

    Just remember, year 1 is sleep, year 2 is creep, year 3 is leap! Unless you spend a fortune buying enough plants to completely fill the space, you will still need to pull weeds from among your new plants for the first few years until the grass clumps grow larger or the ground cover fills in. It does get easier!

    To make the project more manageable, you could start at the edge of the lawn the first year, and then each year remove another foot or two of weedy grass. This gives you time to budget your project and to see if you like the effect.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Sep 04, 2018

    Terracing you yard will help. That will get rid of the difficult slope. We don't have any grass in our front yard. We opted for a dry-scape plan.